Who Is Your First?


Who is your first? Noo not like that. Who is your first point of contact?

 Who do you call first when you need someone to listen, or when you’re short on money, or when you need a place to stay for the night, or when you need a good hot meal, or when you’re not feeling too well, or when you’re trying to make the right business decision, or figure out what outfit to where, or who to trust?...Have I listed them all?

 Our first inclination is to call someone we know. Someone we know usually answers the phone. Someone who is reliable. 

 But when that reliable person isn’t available, who do we contact next? The next reliable person. And when that reliable person isn’t available, who do we contact next? The next reliable person. And when that reliable person isn’t available, who do we contact next? The person who is in charge of receiving the payment for the bill due or we “rob Peter to pay Paul.” (Y’all know about that phrase). We ask for an extension.  We become too eager and can’t wait for the business deal to go through so we try to push and eventually push the opportunity off of the table. 

 Honestly, these are all lose lose situations we usually place ourselves in because we try to handle things ourselves. And a lot of times, we either try to clean it up and make the mess worse or we just leave it where it’s at. Hoping to move forward only to continue pulling garbage everywhere we go leaving a messy trail. 

 God says: Matt. 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 We have to learn to make God the FIRST person we call on.  We have to make God our FIRST priority.  Y'all, we should wake up, speak, think, eat, breathe, walk, talk, act, like our Heavenly Father.  Any and every situation we’re in a lot of times, is our own doing.  We thought we were able to take care of it but it quickly fell apart.  There was no foundation.  No support.  

 God is asking you to come to Him so He can help you through every situation you’re going through.  The best part is, He already knows what you’re going through and He already has the perfect solution for it but all He’s missing is you...with the problem.  

 Make a habit not to come to God only when you need something.  Make it a habit to know Him, to walk with Him, to learn from Him as He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

 It’s like the teacher asking the class a question and no one knows the answer except the smartest kid (who keeps raising his hand) in the classroom but the teacher doesn’t want to call on him, she wants to give others in the class the opportunity to answer the question.  Everyone can’t answer the question for you if they don’t know the answer.  

 Stop making God your last point of contact.  Get in a relationship with Him.  Understand more about Him.  Let me tell you, He’s pretty much an open book...figuratively and literally.  He’s waiting for you to explore His life.  He wants to help you move forward but you have to allow Him to.  God is a gentleman.  He isn’t going to barge into your life and take over.  He’s given us free will, meaning, we have the opportunity to make the ultimate decision to either allow Him in or not.  

 No one else truly understands along with every little detail of what you’re going through except God.

 The reason why you trust people is because you’ve seen what they can do.  But it probably didn’t start out that way.  You first found out who they were, studied who they are, talked to them, spent time with them, built a relationship with them, and somewhere in between studying them and spending time with them, you’ve witnessed a few things they were able to do.  They didn’t just talk about what they were going to do but put some action behind it.  

 Hmmm...Doesn’t this sound familiar?  I mean, isn’t that what God does...everyday?  Isn’t that what Jesus did when He was walking on this earth...everyday?  I’ll let that sink in.

 Matt. 6:33: “Seek Him and His righteousness and everything will be added to you.”

 Psalm 86:11: “Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path. Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord; I’ve never kept secret what you’re up to. You’ve always been great toward me—what love! You snatched me from the brink of disaster! God, these bullies have reared their heads! A gang of thugs is after me— and they don’t care a thing about you. But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit. So look me in the eye and show kindness, give your servant the strength to go on, save your dear, dear child! Make a show of how much you love me so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed, As you, God, gently and powerfully put me back on my feet.”

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father,

 I thank you for your grace and your mercy.  Thank you for not giving up on us when a lot of times we give up on you.  Help us to turn to you not just when we’re in the time of need but for every reason in our lives.  We need you so much more than we say, than we allow ourselves to believe.  I pray you take the issues, the mistakes, and everything else we can’t handle and place it in your hands.  

 I pray we surrender everything to you.  It’s not for us to handle.  You are our host, our source, our way maker, our miracle worker, our promise keeper, our listener, our guide, our healer, our teacher, our deliverer, our peace, our love, our hope, our joy, our patience, our everything.  We don’t want just a little bit of you but we want all of you.  

 Even when the woman with the issue of blood just touched the hem of your garment, so much power flew through you into her because of her faith.  She didn’t have to touch you but she touched what you were wearing, something that was attached to you and gained access to your power.  The commander who approached you to save his soldier because he was sick, said you don’t have to physically go to Him, just speak and he will be healed.  It was because of his faith that that man was healed.  

 I pray we have faith in you to do ALL things.  I pray we have faith to come to you for ALL things.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 Love,

 Janelle

 

 




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