You are all I really want in life.” Psalm 142:5
Early in my Christian life I heard someone say God wanted to be the first thing on our priority lists. The statement had as its goal the intention to encourage and direct the audience toward godly living.
Years later a friend in Minnesota who was in the midst of a severe challenge prayed while lying in his hospital bed, “Lord, I want You to be the number one thing in my life.” He said his next immediate impression was, “I don’t want to be the first thing on your list, I want to be the only thing on your list.”
I don’t mean to over analyze, for both statements had the same heart motivation to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…” (Mt 6:33). Jesus said in Matthew 10:37-39 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.”
Is neglecting your marriage, children, family, and friends, what is being presented? No, there is too much evidence in the Bible to the contrary. Perhaps another explanation is to say our love and devotion to Christ cannot be comfortably compared to all other right and meaningful earthy relationships. All else grows pale and dim compared to our love and devotion to God.
You have made me to discover my life and destiny in You. You are all I need. Amen