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First Things First!

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

Virginia Guard chaplain support teams support military personnel in Louisiana. Photo by Coast Guard is licensed under CC By 2.0

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.  (1 Kings 11:4)

Military chaplains do an enormous amount of counseling with warriors and their families who come seeking help with setting priorities and finding balance in their lives. Issues like communication, finances, and long separations surface repeatedly as common topics. On the surface, most problems don’t seem to be spiritual in nature. But consider this: balance depends on setting and following good priorities. God must be part of this equation.

The Bible clearly tells us that we must put the Lord first in our lives. It’s not always easy. Consider King Solomon, son of King David. Other than Jesus, many consider him to have been the wisest man who ever lived. This verse reveals that he could not keep his priorities straight. He allowed foreign wives to turn his heart away from the Lord. Spiritual warfare is real. The enemy wants to lure us away from worshipping God and keeping Him first in our lives.

It boils down to choice. Jesus told His disciples, “Follow me.”

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