If you are living on Oahu (Hawaii) or have lived here, you understand how busy it gets on this island. The super early wake ups (4-5AM) and the average hour to two hours commute in traffic just to get to work on time (could be longer). Then you have to pack lunch the night before or early morning so you can save money to pay to park your car for ridiculous prices. Then if you work regular hours, you get off at maybe four and sit through traffic again for another hour or two. You get home around six or seven and barely have enough family time or “me time.” Then you hit the reset button and the cycle continues throughout the week. You cannot wait for Fridays to end so you can start your weekend. Yes, it gets busy and perhaps the last thing you want to hear from the preacher is for you to put God first.
My friend while we are having a busy day or life, we need to remember that it is God who allowed us to wake up for another day. We need to remember that while we sit through traffic on our way to work or home, His providential care provided safety. We need to remember that we have jobs not because of our own doing but by God’s blessings. We need to remember that our life is short and death will come upon us at any time, therefore we must always put God first. We need to remember the words of Jesus, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). Through much busyness for work and other things, we can forget the source of our blessings. I am not saying that when one is a Christian than all his days are blue skies and rainbows. Rather I am saying that Christians receive blessings even in hardships as long as what Jesus said is being followed or practiced. James wrote that Christians can count trials in all joy (James 1:2). The blessing in trials is the fruit of endurance or patience. We grow stronger as we overcome trials. Sometimes, putting God first is a challenge that we need to overcome.
I want to encourage you to read chapter one of the book of Haggai. Paul wrote concerning the scriptures that there is a lesson to be learned from the things that are written (Rom. 15:4). Are you struggling with putting God first in your life? Let me encourage you with this lesson. This we can do, but it comes down to how much we love God. Enjoy this lesson and I am here if you need to talk.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV)