Putting Important Things First

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I am a girl of many hobbies and interests.  One week I am all about one thing and then the next week I’m obsessing over something else.

That’s just me.

However, lately I’ve been feeling a little convicted about my lack of consistency when it comes to my relationship with God and my study of His Word.  Just like my other interests, some weeks I dig deeper into God’s Word and make a better effort at pursuing spiritual things.  Then before you know it, some other interest begins to take up more of my thoughts and energy… Such as working extra hours to save more money, learning new beauty tips and makeup techniques, or trying lots of new recipes.  None of those things are necessarily wrong but many times I allow them to throw me off balance.  Before I know it I’m putting a greater effort into seeking things that have no eternal value… Things that are really just worthless.  I am no longer putting important things first.

When I compare those passing interests with the higher calling of seeking God, all those interests and “kicks” just pale in comparison.

Yeaterday I was reading through Proverbs chapter 8 (Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible!) and I took special note of the following verses…

“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.  For wisdom is better than rubies: and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. ” (vv. 10,11)

Here we find what is really important.  They are the things that should come first.

My Instruction – we find instruction (see note below) in the Word of God, at church, through godly books and godly people in our lives.  Are we seeking godly instruction?

Knowledge – Surely some of the things I mentioned above can fall into this category.  However, the best knowledge we can gain is the knowledge of God and His Word.  Are we seeking godly knowledge?

 Wisdom – This is the result of applying godly instruction and knowledge.  God’s Word makes it very clear that “…wisdom is better than rubies: and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

So instead of chasing worthless and valueless things such as money, beauty, or talent (which all have their place) we should use the bulk of our energy to seek godly instruction, knowledge, and wisdom.

{I would love to know} In what ways are you seeking godly wisdom?  Do you ever feel off-balance like I do?

Note: Proverbs chapter 8 is written as if wisdom herself is speaking.  Wisdom is personified as Christ.  So when reading this chapter keep in mind that Wisdom is speaking to us, but Christ is ultimately Wisdom (kind of confusing – I know!).

Rebekah Joy (2)

3 thoughts on “Putting Important Things First

  1. Oh this is such a good post! 🙂 I find myself very off-balanced as well! I need to be working hard keeping myself balanced! Its easy to get off-balanced by watching movies, etc., but God should always be the first in our lives! Watching so many movies keeps us focused on those movies instead of God.

  2. I can relate SO much! I’m one of those who just loves life and is always wanting to learn and try new stuff. But then I get so overwhelmed by it all! I mean, right now there are pins on my Pinterest of hairstyles I want to learn, outfits I want to try to put together, crafts I want to try, sewing projects, etc. etc. lol! And then I get my focused all messed up and am not focused on the things I SHOULD be focused on first and foremost!

  3. I am sometimes tempted to see my time with God as just another thing to occupy my time as well. Often, I have to put Bible reading and prayer on my to-do list, and I’m sort of conflicted about it. I know I probably won’t get it done every day if it’s not on the list, but I feel guilty because it should be more than just a to-do item!

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