We know we must put God first in our lives, above family, friends, job, and ourselves. But what exactly does that mean? That's a tough one! I have learned that not putting Him first can be a disaster. I have chosen to put other things, and people, above God. If you were to ask me if God was first in my life, I would have given you a quick response: yes! But when things went all wrong in my life, I had to take a step back and determine if He really was first in my life. Sadly, my actions showed that He was not.
I think of it like exercising to lose weight. In order to start burning fat, we must first get our heart rate up to a certain level. Ranging on the type of exercise and our particular body type, that can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Until we get to that level though, we are not going to see great results with weight loss. Maybe that is how it is with God. A quick prayer here and there can do wonders for us spiritually. But we also need to find a time to actually exercise prayer and the seeking of God's will. It may take more than 5 or 6 minutes. It may take a little bit of time getting out spiritual heart rate up to the level where we really start feeling Christ, and learning His will for our life. We have to stop, take sufficient time, and listen to Him. Perhaps we give up too soon, or stop too quickly. After all, it is hard to hear Him speak sometimes when we are running ninety-to-nothing!
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Father, forgive me for not seeking You first in my life. You have shown me the error of my ways Please guide me through Your will. In Jesus name, Amen.