First Place

When I went to college for the very first time, my folks made sure I was unpacked and ready for my first day, and then left me. It was the farthest I had been from home alone. I had no car and no prospects. I felt it. Though I was surrounded by people, I felt isolated.

So I sat down at my desk, from which many papers would spring, and opened my Bible. I turned to this verse. In my isolation and fear, I read this verse to myself. It reminded me that I am not alone, and whatever needs I thought I had were not as important as I thought they were. God would provide what He needed for me, and in His own time. I prayed earnestly that evening for God to be number one in my life. I learned that I needed to make God first priority in my life. If I seek first To the advancing of His Kingdom, and the spread of His righteousness in my life and my world, that all these things I was terrified of would melt away. He would provide. That is a very great and powerful promise. It’s exactly what I needed in that moment, and it has stuck with me.

I want to encourage you with these words this morning. I hope you have a great day in the Lord!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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