We are in a very busy world full of activities here and there. Everyone is trying to make something work out for themselves; there is usually a deadline to meet, an appointment to catch up with. And in the midst of all these, the place of God is usually shelved as most people only seem to remember God when things seem to be moving out of line. Others remember Him in the morning when they have to say their routines “Thank you, Lord, for keeping us through the night. Amen“. For some others, they only go to Him when they need a promotion at work, a rise in their GP or a child. And then, we begin to wonder why things stay the way they are, we worry constantly about how to enjoy life when we don’t even know Life, Himself.
The key to having God’s abundant life is keeping Him in His rightful place in our priorities – Joyce Meyer
In economics, we were taught “the scale of preference”. This is a table where you arrange your wants in order of importance, starting from the most important to the least important. As humans, we all have a scale of preference where we arrange different things in our lives, ranging from family, academics, God, career, work, friends, etc.
However, there is an error in the way we represent these things on our scales of preference. Most times, we place our family, career and friends before God. At times, we may even be so engrossed with our family, career or even work that they become our gods.
Exodus 20:3 AMP: You shall have no other god besides or before me.
There is a position for God in our lives that can never be taken by anyone, no matter how important the person might be.
There is a void in the life of every man that only the presence of God can fill and satisfy.
Prioritizing Jesus is beyond talking about Him, it has to do with putting Him first in all that we do, regardless of others involved. Placing God as fore in our lives involves having a deep and consistent relationship with Him. It has to do with going to Him first in times of trouble and trusting Him for our satisfaction in life, rather than relying on our family for joy or depending on our career for satisfaction.
Psalms 20:7 AMP: Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.
Placing God at the top of our priority also has to do with diligently seeking Him EVERYDAY.
Lamentations 3:25 AMP: The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].
Our search for God should not be taken with a lackadaisical attitude, it should be a desperate one.
Psalms 42:1 AMP: As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.
There are lots of things in this world vying for the place of God in our life, contending earnestly to take top priority in our lives. However, it is pertinent to know that nothing in this world can satisfy and just like the song by Israel Houghton and New Breed which reads:
“Nothing in this world can satisfy. ‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry. Your presence is heaven to me. Oh God, Your presence is heaven to me”
God’s presence is indeed what should top our priority in life. How intentional are you going to be in placing God at the top of your priority, today?
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