God First, Sometimes?
One of the most challenging things for me is consistency in spending time with God.
I love the Lord and I pray often, read my Bible and do daily devotions, but where I lack is in spending quality time with God. I'll start off on fire on Monday and by Thursday I'm back to sleeping in or scrolling through my phone before uttering a word to Him.
Isn't that messed up?
It's God. The one I pray to, ask for everything from, live every day for, but I'm putting social media before Him and still expecting my goals, my dreams, my wants and my desires to be answered. That's so backward.
After taking my puppy outside this morning, I read my devotional. Oddly enough it was all about making sure God is truly first. It told the story of a man who had two cows, one he was going to sell and keep all of the revenue. The other cow he would sell and give the revenue to God. The next day the man came into the room where his wife was sitting and his face was sad. "What's wrong?" she asked. The man paused for a moment and said, "God's cow died."
The devotional spoke about how putting MY dreams, MY desires, MY plans, MY programs, and MY agenda will always result in God's cow dying. I started thinking of all the times I did this exact thing. How many times I may have missed God because I was giving Him my second cow -- the leftovers. I felt so convicted.
God must be first.
Matthew 6:33 says, "But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness[His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also."
I've read this verse so many times before, but the revelation of the power in it hits differently every single time. Think about how much more of your purpose you'd accomplish if you simply took time to put God first. It's not a request, it's God's demand. And when you obey, the fruit you'll reap will be experiencing the fullness of who you are, alongside all the blessings God has in store for you. You'd think this would be a no-brainer.
If you've struggled to be consistent with this like me, repent and ask God to help you. My prayer is that during these quarantined times, we would all keep God first in our hearts, minds and all that we do.
It'll look different for each of us. Figure out how it looks for you. Just know that in the Kingdom of God there is a hierarchy, and He is always first.