Seeking God first…
Matthew 6:33 (NIV): “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.
Let us be determined this week to seek God first – in every aspect of our lives. As we do this, let us consider and meditate on the following questions:
Do we entrust the little and the big asks of life to God?
Do we trust Him as our provider – the faithful one who cares for us infinitely more than we could ever comprehend?
Do we spend enough time in God’s Word and in His presence – so much so, that our lives radiate His love, kindness, grace, hope and peace to a world in desperate need of Him?
Do we live intentional lives – based on the Word of God – so that we may obtain a heart of wisdom?
Do we understand our unique purpose and calling, so that we can bear Kingdom fruit for God’s glory?
Do we pray and seek God’s will in all that we do? Are we obedient and courageous to go where He calls us to go – and do what He instructs us to do?
Do we delay seeking or following God, because we are navigating a wilderness, or stuck in a comfort zone?
May the prayer of our hearts be to seek God first in everything that we do.
I wonder, Lord, if there is barren or parched land that You are bringing to our attention – an empty space in our hearts or families? I wonder where we’ve settled for something far less than what You’ve invited us to. I wonder what you have placed in our hearts, what You’ve called us to, what You’ve invited us to join You in… the places You’ve asked us to step into by faith. Jesus would You make us aware of every fear, and of the things that have delayed or distracted us from our journey with You. Would You turn our hearts ABBA – simply to say ‘Yes Lord’ – to follow You and pursue what You have begun in our hearts. May our decision to follow You transform our lives, our families, and the world around us.
We love being in Your presence, Lord. You are our Jehovah Jireh, You are our provider. God we thank You and worship You for all that You are. As it says in Jeremiah, You always have good plans for us.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word. Thank You for what Titus 2 teaches us about discipleship. Help us to obey Your commands – for Your honour, and for Your glory, so that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.
Father God, we just thank You that Your Word is alive. We know that if we just ‘switch on’ to You, to allow You to illuminate and work through our lives – then we will be empowered to be doers of Your Word, and not just hearers. We will think about what Jesus would do, and we will walk like He did, because You are walking with us. Your Word is alive and active; and it’s sharper than a two edged sword. Let us see and take that – and apply it to our lives each and every day.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-18).
At times, the simplest of words are the most profound. Lord, we are reminded that You say the greatest commandments are to love You and to love people. So today we want to look back to Your Lord, we want to say we love You Lord. We want to set our focus and our eyes on You. We want to seek You first. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation to Kassima, Karien, Nick, Carrie, Janine)