Do you know how many parts there are in a Boeing 787?
I heard this in a news report the other day and the number did not stick with me. It sounded astronomically weird. So I researched. According to several sources, there are 2.3 million parts that comprise the finished product, coming from over 100 varied companies supplying every nut, bolt and component used by the factories that produce the final result.
Many years ago I worked for an oil tool manufacturing firm (Gray Tool Company) and we would print out BOM (Bill of Material) explosion that showed every part, tool and step that went into the manufacturing of the well heads created just a few yards outside of my computer room.
Pages of documentation, planning, purchasing, designing, rigorous testing, trial and error… All before the final product. And still, errors are found after a tragedy – a poorly worked part or design. A failure in the midst of a storm.
How do you plan for the end result? Meticulous steps taken for every single part creates a document trail that shows how much work goes into every single requirement.
We plan for life, health, careers, finances, parties, events… We seldom plan for God.
Again I reference the words of Jesus;
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
First. We put and keep God first. First before everything else. First in love, first before family, first in finances, first in time.
This is a premise as old as the writers of the Old Testament.
Abraham stood before God early in the morning (Genesis 19:27), Jacob built a rememberance to God early in the morning (Genesis 28:18), Moses stood up early in the morning at the call of God to challenge Pharaoh (Exodus 8:20, 9:13) and he later built an Altar to God – all early in the morning (Exodus 24:4)
It seems to be a continual thing. Start off with God early in the morning. Put him first before you do anything else. God first.
The psalmists writes that seeking God early is not to ask for anything, but to simply be in his presence.
“A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” (Psalms 63:1-4 KJV)
In early morning prayer, devotion and thoughtful meditation. One writer noted it like this, “…We go to God too much for what we want to get. We ought to go to God, and meditate upon Him, and worship Him for what He is in Himself—His attributes, His glory.”
Several evenings of the week I plan to have nothing on my schedule except to spend time with my wife. The evening is devoted to just being with her. There is nothing I want or need; I just want to be with her.
Why do we struggle with this same concept when we consider God? Again, the psalmist points us in a better direction.
“To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalms 8:1-9 ESV)
Why don’t you take a few minutes every morning just to meditate upon God… But do not let this be the only time and place that God has place and purpose in your life. The culmination of our “putting” God first is often found in joyous celebration on Sunday, or a challenging Bible Study on Wednesday.
Though that first step is important, there are many other steps that you take during the day before you close down your busy schedule. Don’t let God only show up at one point of your day, but keep him close with you every single step of the way.