Seek God First
- “But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.”
What have you been putting your faith in? God or things? If you lose your job tomorrow, will you curse God? We tend to find ourselves putting way too much of our energy into things that God has blessed us with and not into his goodness. God literally has the power to wipe out everything you have so that He can receive complete surrender and glory. This verse means that we are to seek the salvation that is inherent in the kingdom of God because it is of greater value than world’s riches. In essence Jesus was cautioning us not to worry about things and to instead place our greatest priority on seeking God’s kingdom.
This doesn’t mean of course that we neglect our daily duties that help us sustain our lives. But, however, there should be a difference in your attitude toward them. If we take care of God’s business as a priority-seeking His salvation, living in obedience to Him, and sharing the good news of the kingdom with others-then He will take care of our business as He promised-and if that’s the arrangement, where is the worrying? My question is then how do we know if we’re truly seeking God’s kingdom first? The question we would need to ask ourselves are “where do I primarily spend my energy? Is all my time and money spent on goods and activities that will certainly perish, or in the services of God-the results of which live on for eternity?” We as children of God have to learn that to truly put God first we then rest in his holy dynamic…and all these things will be given to you as well.
God has promised to provide for His own, supplying every need (Philippians 4:19), but His idea of what we need is often different from ours, and His timing will only occasionally meet our expectations. For example, we may see our need as riches or advancement, but perhaps God knows that what we truly need is a time of poverty, loss or solitude. I was watching a woman do a teaching, and she mentioned that God placed in her spirit to write a book about sons honoring God. She said that she was nervous because it meant being vulnerable and it also meant that her family would be targeted because of the message of the book. She ended up releasing the book and it became a best-seller and she ended up writing more books. She was so focused on her business and the success of her books that she lost her marriage, and the son she wrote about ended up becoming addicted to drugs. She said she soon realized that her books and success were becoming more important than God and her family. And she said the Bible tells us to honor God first, then our family, then ministry, then our careers.The very thing she was nervous about happening happened all because she was seeking the wrong things.
My Prayer is: “God, help me to not get distracted by the desires of my flesh and the materials of this world, but to seek You first. Allow me to remember what is important and eternal and to not get caught up in temporary happiness. I thank you for salvation. Amen”