People crave for spiritual healing, although they may not feel it at first because their attentions were allocated to other things. It is evident that every person has personal struggles, may it be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual challenges. Some overcome their personal challenges by identifying the causes and withdrawing themselves from the toxicity of life. Others, on the other hand, are stuck in their own personal hell because they cannot find an escape in their labyrinth of pain. But there is no such thing as no way out because there is always hope and mercy when someone will be just brave to call for God in everything he or she does.
According to Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Thus, “putting God first” may have different meanings and interpretations for every person. It can be seeking His guidance first before making a choice or it can be putting Him before your personal wants, emotions, and thoughts. There are many ways to be closer to God or to seek Him, it can be through reading the Holy Scripture, attending the mass, or praying.
For those who constantly need reassurance all throughout the process of their journey, they may opt to read Christian books, such as Come Climb Toward God: Are you hungry for God? By Marianna Albritton, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and more. Moreover, to get a better grasp as to why it is significant to seek God first before anything else, written below are the reasons why:
Makes your journey worthwhile
Every person has different paths in life. Some may have a straight path while others have a bumpy road. The journey to living a good life is never easy because there are a lot of challenges along the way that may cause the person to go astray or may delay his or her trip. However, if people surrender all their worries, fears, and selves to the Lord before taking the first step of their quests, they will definitely have a better journey — the one without doubts and apprehensions. All the challenges that may come their way will never scare and break them down for they are not walking alone, they are walking with God.
Helps you make better choices
Choices are the things that can either make or break a person’s life. The weight of each decision can sometimes become a little too much to handle, especially during tougher times. There are a lot of things to be considered before making choices, such as the pros, cons, and impact. Like all other things in life, there are also good and bad decisions. The former can make one’s life better while the latter can make the situation uglier. In order for people to avoid making bad choices, they should ask God for some guidance first before anything else.
Protects you from all temptations
The world is full of temptations for good and evil equally distributed in it. Sometimes the growth of good is faster than the bad but it can also be the other way around. The temptations can take many forms, such as a peer pressure, bad habits, vices, money, and more. People are rational; thus, they already know the wrong and right but sometimes when the glass seems filled, they forget to empty their cups. There is nothing a person can do aside from avoiding the evils and praying to God for protection. When a person asks for protection and advice, God will always be there to provide. However, if he or she forgets or intentionally ignore the Almighty Father, there is a big tendency that one can be caught up and stumble along the process.
Gives you enlightenment
Going back to history, enlightenment was an intellectual movement in the 17 and 18 century that highlights individualism, science, cynicism, and reason. The root word for enlightenment is enlightened, which means being free from ignorance, unawareness, and deception. That said, when people come to God and seek His ways before doing anything — regardless of the weight of the action to be done, enlightenment will be bestowed upon them. Their minds will never become foggy for they have been given light in times of confusion and turmoil.
Molds you into a better person
Having faith and trusting God in every step of the way is the only way to become a better person and live a happier life. People may have different views and beliefs in life but the only thing that matters is that they have faith to the Almighty. The guidance, realization, and advice that He provide are will always be bigger than your fears and worries. There are a lot of testimonies which prove that by being close to God, hearing His words, believing in His ways, and trusting Him, they have found peace. The change in one’s life cannot be found anywhere and do not happen in an instant. This certain shift can be found within oneself through perseverance, trust, and faith to God and will gradually be granted to his or her. Thus, making an individual a better version of him or herself.