Proverbs for Kids: First Things First

give God the first part of your day

Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10

Our mornings run fast and furious. I have a little song I sing during the hour it takes us to get from bed to the bus stop.

Get up, kids. Get up! Get up now or you will go to school in your pajamas! Pick your clothes up off the floor. Make your breakfast. Put your dishes away. Hey, come back and put your dishes away. Feed the dog. Feed the cat. Pack your snack. Do I need to sign anything before you go? The bus comes in 3 minutes. You better hustle! Come back! You forgot your snack. Love you! Have a great day!

Somewhere toward the end of all of that running and spinning, we usually take a few seconds to pray. We ask God to go with us where we are already headed.

Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us to flip it around. Give God the first part of your day, and He will bless the rest.

The practice of bringing the first fruits started way back with Adam and Eve’s family (Genesis 4:3). When the Israelites left Egypt, God told the Children of Israel to continue this practice (Exodus 23:19). In Deuteronomy 26, God tells the Israelites to bring their first fruits to the Lord and “worship before the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 26:10).

give God the first part of your day

God wanted the Children of Israel to set aside the very first portion of their very best crops. He invited them into a time of worship. He asked them to commit to this practice out of love and obedience to Him. As they faithfully obeyed Him with this offering, He promised to return blessings to them. This practice was a demonstration of their dependence on the Lord.

Solomon wanted to be sure his children never forgot the practice of giving God their best things first. It is a way to worship God. It also shows God we trust Him to meet all of our needs. When we give Him our very best things first, we demonstrate that we trust Him to provide enough to make up for our sacrifice.

I try to do this with my time, my money, and my resources. I love to spend the first part of my day with God. I do it before I do anything else. We also give God money from our paychecks, even if it seems we don’t have enough. Children, I know this to be true: God continues to bless me with enough time, enough money, enough everything!

Instead of stopping for a quick prayer as you head out the door, let’s make an effort to give God the first part of your day. Before you trudge to the shower, before you pour your cereal, before you do anything, let’s give God our time and our attention first. I am sure He will shower you with blessings upon blessings!

Recommended Resources

If your mornings are a frantic rush, consider Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings 14-day online course. You can read more about my experience with it here. I also walked my girls through it and we saw some great changes in their morning routine. Read more about that here.

For a great morning devotional to read with your kids, check out Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotional for Kids. Each day contains a verse, a short reading, and a thought for the day. I use it with my 9 and 11-year-old. I usually get something out of it, too!

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