The Bible was open, lying in my
lap. I read a few verses in
then, from the corner of my eye,
I noticed the television program
I had been watching had come
back on. I placed a marker in
the Bible and gave my attention
to the television.
When a commercial break came
again, I resumed my
the commercials ended and the
program resumed. Down went
the marker to hold my place, and my mind and attention
turned to the television.
Then it hit me-This is so much
like our lives. We have
scheduled "programs" for our
lives and given them priority.
take occasional "commercial
break" times to commune with
barely giving Him time to say,
"Hello, how are you, today?" We
up our programmed activities and
go on our way.
Only a crisis will cause us to
reverse the order. When our
threatens to fall apart, we put
God in the program and give Him
our full attention as we try to
get a handle on the spinning
to keep from falling off and
"Seek ye first the kingdom of
God when all else fails," is our
rule. But that's not the program
God has ordained. "Seek ye first
the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things
shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
Even a primary student knows
what "first" means-before
else. God must be very tired of
waiting for life's "commercial
to talk to us and listen to our hurried words to him-so we can
get back to our programs.
"The steps of a good man [and
woman] are ordered by the Lord
and he delighteth in his way"
(Psalm 37:23). Good, as in
redeemed and filled with God's
goodness, not our
God's program is that we put Him first, not just wait for a break-time
to fit Him in. That gives Him license to direct our steps and guide
our lives in a way that will delight Him and create a blessed way for us.
With a new year ahead of us,
would it not be a good time to
re-program our habits so that God has priority on our time
and everything else will be operated during the breaks that we
previously assigned to God? That
would "delight" Him, and "it is
he which worketh in you both to
will [subjective impulse,
desire to please God] and to do
of his good pleasure"
When we put Him first, He plants
the will/want-to/desire to give
His will pre-eminence;
performance follows the desire.
pleased, and we are blessed with that program.
Reach for the remote-not just
the television, but life itself.
on: "Heaven's will." Thy will
be done in earth, as it is in
heaven." (Matthew 6:10).
His will performed in earth has
heavenly rewards and earthly
No more "break-time"
communication, but the
is constant and two-way.
"What are your plans for me
This is the day the Lord hath
Have a Blessed New Year!
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"Handkerchief" has been anointed
and prayed over by
several believers who care about
you and want to help you
realize your full potential in
Christ Jesus Our Lord.