Put God First

September 20th, 2021

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4NLT

 It is an oft-repeated theme throughout Scripture. Although it’s expressed many different ways in both the Old and New Testaments, the message is simply this: put God first. 

 In this Scripture, Moses outlines for us a way to do this. Follow his logic as he spells it out. “Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.”

Obey his commands 

Sounds simple, but to keep them, you have to know them. Don’t ever forsake the reading of the Bible. Contained in God’s Word, you will find his laws for living. You will find out how to be a reflection of our heavenly Father in word, thought, and deed. 

Listen to his voice

God speaks to us through the quiet impressions of the Holy Spirit, and to hear or feel his presence, you need to be walking with him. He may speak through a sermon, a song, a book, or even a friend. His impressions are always gentle and don’t come with a rushed or hurried spirit. 

Cling to him 

No matter what may happen in your life, make sure you never let go of God. Embrace and love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. He wants your attention and affection, and you show it best by serving with diligence and with fervor. Put God first in your life today. Arrange whatever you do to be able to do this. Make sure no person, material things, or anything else takes his place on the throne of your heart.


Dear God, it is my desire every day to serve you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I will obey you, listen to you, and when necessary, cling to you. Amen.

This devotion is an excerpt from the book, He Restores My Soul, written by Pastor Wes Humble, Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare.