September 5, 2022

Taylor Abaroa
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!”
1 Chronicles 29:14

Reflecting on these words of David’s prayer, I wonder if David was calling to remembrance the faithfulness of God. The Old Testament is marked with stories of God’s people enduring persecution, fleeing from slavery, living through times of war and times of peace yet experiencing God’s provision throughout it all.

The first words of this verse remind us of God’s rightful place and the unconditional love that He has for His people. God who is always present, all-knowing, and all-powerful chooses to love us (humans) freely. When our hearts posture themselves first by acknowledging who God is and what God has done, we have the opportunity to give first to God. The firsts of our time, the firsts of talents, the first of our resources, the first of our busy schedules, the first day of our week, the first thoughts when we wake up and as we go to sleep.

As you go about your day, where in your life God had been faithful? Ask God where in your life are you honoring Him with your firsts? And where in your life do you need to realign to honor Him better?