God First!

As I was in the midst of my morning prayers and conversations with God, out of the blue an obvious, yet jolting statement came to the forefront.  God Almighty, who created life as we know it, consistently gets “scheduled” into our busy little mundane lives.  Whoa!  Let that settle in…

Even if our day-to-day works are pursuing feats such as planning our week to week church ongoings, creating legislature to shape the future of countries, closing in on a cure for cancer, creating a system that would eliminate world hunger, or tearing down the secret, darkened walls of sex trafficking–in the shadow of our Creator, it all falls short of His Glory… of His Creation… of His Plans…

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that if was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening  and the morning were the first day.”  Genesis 1: 1-5 

I urge you to read that again…  Truly consider that.  Meditate on that.

The very God who not only formed the heavens and earth, created space and time; and all that to say, we fight to schedule God into the very day and night that He created.  In fact, I would boldly state that more of society fights for time with their spouse, their children, their job, their pets, sports, partying, or even binging on their favorite television series as opposed to making quality time with God.  Furthermore, not only do we fail to make God the top priority, but the day-to-day comings and goings, we can slip into not making Him a priority at all.

“…I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14 

Trust me when I say that I do not write this to condemn, as I too in my fleshly, worldly ways feel convicted.  But God loves us so much and He does not want us to stay stuck in conviction.  Quite the contrary, He wants us to repent and pursue righteousness through practicing obedience.  My dear friend and mentor, Elisabet really helped me understand the difference between condemnation and conviction.  Condemnation is from Satan and is riddled in guilt, shame, and unworthiness that we hide in darkness.  Conviction falls on us sinners, who know and claim Christ to be our Lord and Savior.  With that conviction, comes the desire for righteousness, which must begin with repentance and surrender…  and with that comes freedom!  I encourage you to make God the ultimate priority and I guarantee that everything else will come into the sweetness of His beautiful, intricate design in all aspects of your life.

“But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all these things will be added to you”.  Matthew 6:33

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