My mother had an old saying, “First things first.” It is certainly true, that we always make time for the things that are important to us. That’s why we need to check our priority list from time to time and make sure we have things in the right order. Recently I saw the following quote on a billboard outside a local church building. It read:
“You always have time for the things you put first!”
This statement made me think of what the prophet Elijah said to the widow of Zarephath, who was gathering sticks for a fire to bake one last cake for herself and her son with the little bit of flour and oil that she had left in her home. He said, “Make me thereof a little cake first” (1 Kings 17:13). What a test of faith that must have been! However, because of her obedience and putting God first, we read in verse 16: “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
When we put the Lord first, and make time for His work and His interests we will never be disappointed.