Putting God First
Posted: Friday, February 12
Verse of the day:
Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. (Exodus 34:26)
When God is first in your life everything falls into place. In Exodus 34 God mentions several areas where he must come first with the Israelites.
Verse 19 tells us that the firstborn of all livestock belongs to God. Clean animals must be sacrificed while unclean animals must be redeemed by the sacrifice of a clean animal in its place. God didn't say wait until you have 10 lambs and then give me the 10th lamb. God asks for the first lamb; before you know if there will even be a second lamb.
Verse 26 tells us that the firstfruits belong to God. Don't wait until you're confident that you've got a bumper crop on your hands; give to God first.
God is honored when we put him first because this requires faith. It's why God was pleased with Able's sacrifice who brought his firstborn lamb while he was displeased with Cain's offering. It's why God would ask Abraham to sacrifice his firstborn son Isaac before Abraham knew if there could be another heir. But consider this: God gave his firstborn for us; God gave his very best!