Thursday, October 7, 2010
First Things First
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matt.6:33)
We have all heard the expression, “First things first”. As a young teen, I heard a layman speak on this phrase and how we should apply the passage Matthew 6:33 to our lives.
When we have a decision to make a lot of us seem to run to our closest friend and tell her/him all about the circumstances. Let’s think honestly; we all have done this.
I once read a book written by Joyce Meyer. In it she said we should talk to the Lord about any problem we have before we consult with our mate, our friend, or our neighbor.
How many problems would get solved easier if we consistently took our issues to the Lord first? Would we have these times of ‘fallout’ from something being mishandled by someone being too eager and remedying the situation by dealing with it as man does?
Recently, I was caught in a circumstance where, with God’s help, I kept my tongue in check. But, I was thinking later of ways where I wouldn’t have to deal directly with this person. I had to ask the Lord to forgive me. Until I did, I looked at the issue as though I was in the right. But, I wasn’t. I hadn’t really consulted the Lord. I consulted a few of my friends, they listened. Two of them confirmed something I felt about the circumstance. But, I didn’t feel right until I asked God to forgive the person for her behavior. I forgave her through God.