Who Comes First?
"When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest..." (Leviticus 23:10).
Mary Todd Lincoln was the exact opposite of her great husband. The White House gave her comforts and luxuries that the wartime President was too busy and burdened to enjoy. While Abe was promoting sacrifice and austerity during the Civil War, Mary became an extravagant spender. The published reports made her look selfish and insensitive.
Lincoln once remarked in astonishment how much his wife had spent for "flub dubs for this old house, when soldiers cannot have blankets," When those same soldiers returned wounded, Mary visited them in the hospitals, bringing them fresh fruit and a word of encouragement. The First Lady finally put soldiers first who put their country first. It was the sanest thing she ever did.
Like Israel during the harvests, we know that God should be first above all. When your crops come in, whether in food, friends, or finances, worship God with your firstfruits!
Whoever comes to mind first, is first.