At the beginning of each new year we all, with great intentions, make plans to take care of ourselves in better ways than we did the year before. We make resolutions about eating healthier, visiting the gym on a more regular basis, keeping up with our daily Bible studies and the lists go on and on. Often our lives skip from one urgent interruption to another. All the while keeping us from what’s really important. So how can we distinguish true priorities from what may appear to be a priority? The Bible has a little to say on the subject:
1. Know what’s really important.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “…Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your paths.”
Putting God first is the most important thing we can do. If all your priorities focus on doing things for yourself they are misguided.
2. Set Priorities
God lays out a simple plan in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “…What does the Lord your God require of you? He requires you to fear Him, to live according to His will, to love and worship Him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands.”
Micah 6:8 “No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Seek God’s wisdom, listen to what He tells you and be intentional about setting your priorities. Only then will your life have its fullest meaning.
3. What happens when we don’t set priorities?
When we fail to set priorities we begin to doubt our next steps… Like it says in James 1:6 “…for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
There have been so many times I’ve felt tossed around by every word and action of others, doubtful of my next step. While we may not know every step…and sometimes we may not even know our next step, we do know this…God is on our side. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31