As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been reading a wonderful devotional book called Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. So many of these daily devotionals have been a blessing to me, but this is another one I thought I 'd share with you all. It emphasizes the fact that God is the single most important entity in our lives:
Seek the One Thing
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and(insistently) require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord[in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty[the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider,and inquire in His temple.
If you could ask for only one thing in life, what would it be? David said there was only one thing he sought after: to dwell in God's presence. Truly, to know God is the highest calling we have.
We can get so distracted with life that we neglect the most important thing--spending time with God, knowing Him, appreciating Him, seeking his wisdom.
How foolish we are to spend our lives seeking those things that can not satisfy while we ignore God, the "One Thing" Who can give us great joy, peace, satisfaction, and contentment. The world is filled with empty people who are trying to satisfy the voids in their lives with a new car, a promotion, a relationship or some other thing. Their efforts to find fulfillment in those things never work. They never know the joy of seeking the "One Thing" they really need. Each of us has a God-shaped hole inside, and nothing can fill it except God Himself. No matter what else we try to fill it with, we will remain empty and frustrated.
If God is on your list of things to seek but not at the top, I encourage you to move everything around and put it all after Him. If you will put Him first in everything you do, you will be blessed beyond measure.
Love God Today: "Lord, I will seek You as my One Thing above everything else. You are my number one priority."
I hope this blesses someone as much as it did myself. I can never be reminded enough to put Christ first. Each day is a new day to refresh our relationship with the father, just as we would with anyone else whom we love. I've noticed that when my focus is God-centered, things fall into place and I'm able to think more clearly. God is truly all we need, and he takes care of all of our needs if we let him. Placing him first allows us to take a backseat while he does what he does best! There's no better place to be than in the presence of God. That doesn't just mean @ church or in prayer, although those are great ways to be near him and sense his presence. But, when you build a relationship with the father, you start to feel his presence EVERYWHERE you are: work, home,school,shopping,out to eat, at the movies, wherever you are, you can take the Lord with you!
Peace and Blessings,