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Nothing Comes Before First

Saturday, July 12, 2008

For the past few days I have had computer problems. The DVD and CD ROM drives disappeared from My Computer and Windows would not load them. I don't mean that the actual physical drives themselves were gone, but there was nothing showing on the comuter to indicate that they were there so there was no way that I could use them. I noticed the problem when I attempted to install a new version of Sword Searcher, a bible program. I did many things to try to resolve the problem and even searched Google to find a solution but I couldn't find anything that appeared to work. The whole situation was very perplexing. I spent many hours trying to solve the problem but to no avail. This morning I got up shortly after 5:00 AM and walked into the office to turn my computer on with the thought that I would struggle with the problem some more. As I walked into the office and had my hand poised to push the button that turned the computer on, I thought of a message that I heard Pastor Kathy, one of the Pastors at the Church I have been attending, minister from the pulpit last Sunday morning. The message was about putting God first and I think the title which she emphasized several times, was "Nothing Before First". When I thought of that message, instead of turning the computer on, and I had my hand within inches of the power button, I reached for my bible and took it into the kitchen where I sat down and randomly opened up to First Kings, reading about Solomon. After almost 2 hours, reading several chapters, enjoying the messages and praising the Lord for the messages that they were preaching to me, I finally went into the office and turned the computer on. I did a Google search and surprisingly my eyes beheld a couple of articles that I had not seen or noticed before, concerning the problems that I was experiencing with the drives that would not load into Windows. One solution involved deleting some filters from the registry, which ordinarily would scare me, because I don't enjoy messing with the registry of my computer, but this time I followed the directions step by step and then when I looked at My Computer, there the drives were that had been missing. I was thrilled and happy, and I praised and thanked my Lord because I knew that He had helped me. I believe the Lord helped me that morning because I put Him first and looked into His Word before trying to solve the problem on my own.

As I think back on those events I realize that I was so close to turning the computer on again that morning and even had my finger poised in the air within an inch or so of the power button when the little thought, "Put God First" came to my mind. That incident has made a big difference in the way I start my day each morning and God has blessed me as a result. Praise His Name!

I used the new found CD ROM drive to install the new version of the bible software.

Nothing Comes Before First!

Isaiah 30:18 KJV  And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Addendum to Nothing Before First, dated Friday, December 4, 2009.

The incident described above happened Saturday, July 12, 2008. It is now Friday, December 4, 2009 and each morning that I have risen from bed since July 12, 2008 the Lord has brought to my remembrance the Nothing Before First message about putting God first and how he blessed me that Saturday morning when I followed through and chose to put Him first. I take no credit for having done so because I came so close, within a hairs breadth, of turning my computer on instead. I believe the Lord helped me, even then. Every morning since that July 12, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading from God's word and he has greatly blessed my spirit and soul each morning. The word has been so rich and I have cried, I have laughed and I have praised and exalted my God and Savior Jesus Christ. We have had some joyous experiences during these times of swimming in the word. My own words fail me and fall far short when I try to thank Him and praise Him enough for all He has done for me. God is so good to me, so much better than I deserve!  Praise His name.

Note:  Just a little update.......Today is Saturday, July 2, 2011 and I still find blessing, help and joy in studying a small portion of scripture each morning.  Thank God for His Word!
John 1:14 KJV And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Update August 25, 2014.  I am still putting God first and looking into a portion of His Word each morning. He has blessed me in so many ways. Praise His Name!

Update January 17, 2017 Still finding help andjoy in putting God First and looking into a portion of scripture early in the day.

Jim Clark

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