Why put Him first?

You know, God doesn’t tell us to focus on Him, put Him first, and live for Him because He is full of pride and needs to be center of attention. His thoughts are not like our thoughts. We all know people and have even been those people that wanted to be other people’s focus. It is part of our nature, to some extent, to desire to be the center of someone’s affections and that is all due to pride.

God does not think like that. He wants us to focus on Him because He is sinless perfection. He is the only sinless perfection. So, anything else we try to focus on is going to be flawed and sinful. Something else might seem harmless like focusing on your family, your job, or improving yourself….but those are all flawed things and will not lead you to the contentment from the proper focus that God desires for us.

I am not saying those things don’t need your attention but when our focus is first on God and stays on God then He leads us in His perfect way. We may not always perform perfectly but with our focus being on His perfection it starts changing our very character. When our character is changed then the type of attention we give to our family, our jobs, and ourselves is changed right along with it.

Does this mean our family, jobs, or even ourselves will suddenly fall in line and act perfectly? Nope. But what it does mean is that our focus on our perfect Father will lead us to a contentment that brings peace and joy through any circumstance we go through with our family, jobs, and, yes, even ourselves.

Friends, this is a contentment God is working out in me and becomes more evident everyday. Not all of my circumstances have improved. In fact, some have taken a downhill turn. But with my trust in God and keeping a focus on Him and knowing He has a perfect plan and will for my life then I can walk this life letting go of discouragement. See ya later, dismay! Aidos, depression! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, anxiety!

Y’all, we don’t have to focus on how WE can change our circumstances. We are free to let that go and just simply be in God’s word, loving and praising Him, and focusing on Him. He will walk us through it all while we rest in full trust and confidence that He knows exactly what He is doing. Even when we make mistakes He will walk us through those consequences, too, while making us a little wiser for the next decision.

Trust Him. Follow Him. Put Him first. He is the only way to contentment in this life. He is the only way to a glorious eternity after this life.

Let Him teach you to want the Healer more than the healing and you will be amazed at the strength He provides even when your circumstances are tough.

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

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”