Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
If you ask the average American Christian what his top three priorities are in life, he will typically respond “God, family, and work” in that order. This automatic response comes from our understanding that this is the way things should be, yet, do our lives truly reflect this ideal?
Unfortunately, an objective view of where most Christians in America place our priorities would show just the opposite. We tend to spend countless hours at work, then we turn our attention to our families, and then finally, we try to shoehorn in some time with the Lord out of whatever is left. During a recent discussion on this topic, a particularly honest friend of mine admitted that this backwardness tends to develop in our lives because “God will always be there”. In other words, while work and family obligations clamor for our immediate attention, God is not only patient but also timeless.
Scripture makes it crystal clear that God hates laziness and expects us to work to support ourselves and our families, however, we too often allow ourselves to be tempted by wealth and professional status and gradually turn our jobs into idols. Not only can an obsession with one’s career indicate the presence of greed and/or pride, it may also reveal a lack of trust in God to provide.
As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, God provided manna from heaven for their daily sustenance. It appeared each morning and if anyone doubted that it would come again the following day and attempted to stockpile it, the manna would be full of maggots the following morning. Through the provision of the manna God was teaching his people to depend on him entirely from one day to the next.
Instead of looking to our earthly work to provide for all our needs, let us place our full trust in God and restore him to his rightful place in our lives.