Priorities

Our Creator is quite concerned about our priorities – especially what we put in that number one spot in our hearts – where He alone should be. Why do you think He is so interested in our number one priority? Do you think maybe it’s because He loves us and wants us to reap the benefits of loving Him back? 

God gave us a clear command early on – a command about what our number one should be:

“Do not have other gods besides me.” (Exodus 20:3)

This command is a protection to keep us from focusing on “lesser gods” that distract us from focusing on our heavenly Father, worshipping Him, communicating with Him, learning to obey Him – “lesser gods” that cause us to focus on something other than God’s best plans for our lives.

This “having other gods” business is not just a modern-day problem. Jesus warned His people about this when He was walking on earth. He told them (and us):  

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

Obviously if your number one priority is money -- making money, investing money, spending money, thinking about money – then you have shown that because you have chosen money to be “your treasure,” that’s where your heart has landed. 

However, that is NOT God’s plan for you – He knows what you may not know: money is not forever. He loves you so much that He doesn’t want you to spend your time worrying about money – making enough, having enough. He wants you to trust Him. Jesus has the solution – and it’s not a secret:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”
(Matthew 6:33)

Putting God first is not the most popular concept in our culture; but Jesus is telling us that when we focus on Him – as our number one priority (with nothing else even a close second), focusing on His will and His wisdom – He will provide. The way He provides may not be exactly what you were anticipating – He probably won’t drop a bag of money at your feet. He might open the door to a job opportunity or a promotion or a great idea, but sometimes He might just give you contentment with what you already have.

Father, help me truly seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and help me trust You to provide what I need. And if my desires are outside Your will, please bring them back in line and help me find joy and contentment with Your perfect provision. Amen.

By Judy Shrout

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