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Jesus First (Psalm 88)

Acquaintances see our value and show us the beautiful side of life. Friends shield us from the pain in the world. Loved ones give us emotional comfort. When they are near we are at peace. All seems to be well.
Here however the psalmist cried,

You have put away my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an abomination to them; (v.8)
Loved one and friend You have put far from me,
And my acquaintances into darkness. (v.18)
But to You I have cried out, O Lord,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You. (v.13)

This is probably because he had directed his energy and affection towards them. Do we not sometimes direct our first strength to our friends and loved ones? We call them first thing in the morning. We choose to hang out with them and play soccer rather than go to church. We seek their advice instead of seeking advice from God.

God is all wise. He is the one in a million. He is the first and the last. And He’ll be first if He’ll be at all. So God would often times strip us of that companionship, of everything that dims our consciousness of him, so we can direct our energies, our affections, and our love aright – to the One who never leaves when all else leaves.

So let us not make God strip us of our friends, our acquaintances, and loved ones before we recognize him and put him first in all we think and do.
Prayer: Father, grant me the grace to put you first in all I think and do in Jesus name.

Ike Amadi
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