Leviticus 23:1-22

Scripture: from verses 10 and 14

After you enter the land I am giving you and harvest its ripe crops, you are to bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest…You are not to eat bread, dried grain or fresh grain until the day you bring the offering for your God.

Observation:  God goes first.  The first fruit from the tree was dedicated to God (Lev 19), and the first grain of the harvest was brought to God also.  This was a gesture of thanks (since God had given the grain in the first place) and faith (that God would provide more ripe grain for them to eat) as well as worship.

We no longer bring sacrifices, but it’s still important to find ways to remind ourselves that God goes first.  In our finances, in our time, in our energy.  I’m not especially good at this, to be honest.  We’ve done some things with our finances that reflect this, but that’s not necessarily something I notice.  I have gotten a bit better since starting this study – choosing to write the next post before catching up online is a form of putting God first.

God is the source of life – our physical life, but also our energy and our creativity and the order and balance of the universe.  When we remember that, the rest of our lives makes more sense.

Application:  Find ways to put God first.  Make decisions that remind you that He is your wellspring and your source.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for being the ultimate Source of energy in the universe, the foundation of logic and the crux of all matters.  Help me to remember that you are there, and make you my priority.  Amen.

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