King Solomon, one of the wealthiest men who ever lived, had everything he wanted. Yet, he went on a binge, fulfilling his desire with the wrong things. He went after possessions, passion, things of beauty. He drank, and he partied. Here was his conclusion: “But when I turned to all the works that my hands had wrought, and to the fruit of the toil for which I had toiled so much, see! All was vanity and a chase after the wind. There is no profit under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11, NAB, Rev.).
Have you ever been hungry and try to satisfy your appetite with a snack? It just does not work. You want a real meal. In the same way, we were created with a God-shaped hole in our lives. We have been created to love God, to know God, and to bear fruit. Everything else is secondary.
In life, as it is in every other responsibility, God must come first. When you He comes first, the rest of your life falls into place. Yes, you will have bumps on the road, but if you keep your focus on what is important, all your troubles will be insignificant. Yes, God cares about your career, your marriage, your family, and your ministry. But knowing Him, prioritizing Him, is number one. And when you do, the Bible says you never will be a loser for it.
Jesus said it like this: “… Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all (your needs). But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself…” (Matthew 6:32-33, NAB, Rev.)