First!

Good morning, Lord!  It’s another day and my list seems to be getting longer and longer.  Where do I start to overcome this load?  My mind started off on its normal track this morning – there is so much I have to do today, just where do I begin?  You know, there are times when the thought crosses my mind that my ideas just might be different than Yours.  I really don’t object to having a boss; actually there are many times when it makes life easier.  If You are telling me what to do then I don’t have to worry about whether I am doing it as I should, right?  So I guess the bottom line is I need Your help, Your input into this day that I am facing.

I realize even as I am typing that this may not be your problem as it is mine.  I often remind myself that I am not living up to what I think is best.  So many things seem to get in the way that need to be cleared out.  However, my greatest desire really is to be in the Lord’s will.  The answer to that question may be different for all of us so please don’t think I am trying to tell You how to manage Your days and Your thoughts.  I am only wishing that I knew how to manage mine.

Little Danny thinks I should stay home and play; I think my list is long and I should start to scratch some things off.  What are Your thoughts, Lord, because I really do know that I am only happy and satisfied when You are smiling and happy with my accomplishments.  There are so many events happening in these days and so many things to accomplish it truly is hard to know just where to start.

Isaiah told the people of his day that it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth (10:20).  Hmm! I wonder just how often we decide to depend upon ourselves rather than the Holy One of Israel.  In his day, Luke, reminds us that it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account…that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed (1:3-4).  If we polled a circle of our closest friends today I wonder if we would come up with many who have felt they were given instructions from the very beginning of their lives.  Also most of us receive instructions in writing rather than in the Spirit.  We probably never even consider asking God’s Spirit what He would have us do today in the world in which we live.

Can we, should we, change our perspective?  Most of us who read the newspapers or listen to the news by way of TV know that our world is in serious trouble and we also know that there is very little control we have over what will happen next.  However, we do still have control over the things we choose to do from day to day.  Should we spend some serious time thinking about whether we are putting first things first in a day when it could be more important than we currently realize?

I am aware of the fact that there is little any one of us can do to change the world in which we live, but we can receive assurance of our position in the future if we consider more seriously just what should and does actually come first.  John tells us in no uncertain terms that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).  Just maybe it would be worth our time to spend some moments considering just what should actually come first in our lives.

I serve a living Savior, He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always here.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA