What is Your “First Thing?”

What do you do first thing in the morning?  Who do you turn to first thing when something goes wrong?  Where is the first place you find comfort?

We know the answer should be God.  However, often it is something else. The bowl of ice cream. Facebook. Your best friend.  The latest news.  Email.  What consumes your attention?

It is amazing that we so often turn to lesser things when the King of the universe, who has all wisdom, understanding and knowledge as well as being the source of love, desires to pour out all He is into us.  There is no lack or stinginess on His part.  He is the good, good Father.  And He wants so badly an intimate relationship with you and I.

Setting God first in our day is not about duty, earning “points with God,” or even obedience.  It is a place where our hearts are so ignited with His love that we want to spend our first moments with Him, turning to Him in moments of crisis for comfort and help.  Do you know this kind of love?  If not, there’s good news!  It is freely available!  Paradoxically, it is also costly.

Free, but Costly

How can that be?  Free, but costly?  It takes dying to my own desires, agenda and flesh SO THAT I can receive the fullness of His love.  When we are full of ourselves, we can’t receive the depths of the riches of His glorious love and grace.  Let go, to receive.

God asks us to seek Him first.  Not because He is egotistical or vain.  But because He knows what is best for us.  When we get beyond our personal needs or wants, and spend time with God, our perspective shifts.  We are set free in His love to live, grow and enjoy the life He intended for us.  He fills us with His love and we are satisfied.  Striving ceases.  Peace reigns. What are you seeking first?

 

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