When life gets hectic, God is often the first one to go on the back burner. Sadly, all too frequently, He takes a backseat to our most pressing temporal needs and concerns. Many times, we're guilty of not giving Him first place in our lives.
No matter what's going on--good or bad--we have to make it our business to honor God first. We can never get so busy until we feel like we don't have time to make time for Him. We can't get so preoccupied with trying circumstances that we don't make time to honor Him with our praise. Not only that, but we should never become so bogged down with financial concerns that we fail to honor Him with the firstfruits of all our increase. (See Proverbs 3:9)
I wonder, when situations arise and numerous things are competing for your attention, does God still get priority? Or does your prayer life dwindle down to almost nothing? Does your time spent reading and studying God's word dramatically decrease? Do your moments spent in worship drop off? Does your giving becoming minimal or non-existent?
Think about it.
Do you honor God first?
I sincerely believe that each of us has room to grow in this area. We all need to focus more on seeking God and pleasing God first above all else. He wants us to pursue Him and seek after Him daily. You see, when we prioritize our lives so that God has that #1 spot, then everything else falls in line.
When we present ourselves as living sacrifices to God, it pleases Him. When we surrender what is dear to us, for the sake of the call of Christ, He rewards us. When we forsake all else to follow after Jesus, He richly blesses us.
Today, I encourage you to go after God with all your heart. Whatever may be going on in your life right now, don't allow it to distract you from seeking after God with all your heart. Remember to honor Him; when you do, He'll honor your faithfulness and increase you in every area.
As always, thanks for reading, and until next time... may you be empowered to prosper!