Updated: Aug 23, 2021
There is so much we need to be thankful to God for that there is no way I could ever list them all. Even those who say they don't believe in God depend on him every day. God provides our water, sunlight, food, air and so much more and everyone depends on them to survive.
So, why is it so hard to keep God in first place? I now I put him there and then realize as time progresses that he has slipped down the rungs of my life and it is very evident because as God drops down on my list of my priorities my life starts to become harder, my mind starts to have thoughts that are not healthy and then doubts and fears start to creep in and when I truly look inside to figure out what is going on it becomes clear that my priorities require realignment.
Living by faith is not normal in the world and it truly is a "what about me" society that put their faith in self and claws their way to what appears to be the top. Even though I know that it is
my role to help others because God will take care of me I have to stop sometimes and readjust my attitude because I am slowly starting to waiver in my faith and start thinking like those of the world.
Recently, there was an incident at work, two actually, which had me shaking my head trying to figure out how it all took place but as I read Psalms 37 1:3 "Never envy the wicked! Soon they fade away like grass and disappear. Trust in the lord instead. Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety." This was a wonderful and timely reminder that I truly needed. I am so thankful for all that God has provided me and for all that he will continue to provide. My job is to help others, keep God first, and wait upon the lord.
It is a funny thing how sometimes what we perceive as blessings God views as curses and what we see as a curse God intends it as a blessing. There is a Chinese proverb that talks about a farmer whose horse runs away and how all the neighbors see it as a terrible thing, but the farmer says he is not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, then the horse comes back with another horse and once again the neighbors jump in with praise of what a great thing has happened but the farmer still says he is unsure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, then the farmer's son tries to ride the new horse and falls off and breaks his leg. The neighbors are once again there stating what a terrible thing but the farmer still says he is unsure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. Then a war breaks out and all the young men are drafted but not the young farmer as he is injured. This is when the older farmer tells his neighbors that you can't make a determination on one action as you never know what the consequences are going to be down the road.
Taking things one step at a time in faith that God truly has our best interests at heart is a priority in my life and it enables me to keep my life balanced. Learning to accept the answers of no and wait did not come easy and by times of disobedience where I thought I knew better came hurt and disappointment but as I slowly learned to accept no' and wait I have seen the goodness of God and once again learned to walk in the faith of the Lord to rest in the knowledge that he has the whole world in his hands and that includes me.
God is truly the only one who loves me unconditionally, never judges me, never makes me feel unworthy, and most importantly died for me and my sin. So, who should or what should come before God in my life? Absolutely nothing or no one.
It is my goal to keep God first and when adjustments and realignments need to be made he will be the first person I talk to about how it should be done. Matthew 6:33 reads "But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added to you." Now there is a promise worthy of holding in your heart.