“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. – Deuteronomy 5:6-7 (NIV)
Do you believe that relationships can be overrated? Perhaps you are so engulfed in pursuing or holding on to a particular relationship that this concept seems foreign to you. You may have even made the pursuit of a particular relationship your life mission. You may be so fixated on attaining or maintaining this relationship to the point that life seems meaningless unless this relationship is successful.
One way to know if your pursuit of this relationship is overrated is to examine your thought life. Are you putting more emphasis on pursuing and nurturing a horizontal connection above your vertical connection to God? Perhaps your relationship with God has become strained or cut off because of hardships you are enduring as you are pursue this relationship. Perhaps you have hardened your heart toward God because you feel that He has allowed you to experience defeat in the relationship arena.
One thing is for certain, if our attention is focused more on pursuing or nurturing an earthly relationship, over and above the attention that we give to maintaining our connection to God, then it is indeed overrated. We were created by God for God, first and foremost! Our number one priority should be to pursue and nurture our relationship with Him. As we focus on doing life with Him, according to His purpose and plan for our existence, relationships on the horizontal plane will somehow fall into their proper places.
Lord, I’ve done the math and realize that from a worldly perspective it simply doesn’t make logical sense that the more time I spend on giving You first place, the better it will be with my earthly relationships. Help me to be so enthralled in my love relationship with You, to the point that all those who intersect my path will have to go through You in order to have access to my life.