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Sep 29

Seek first the kingdom of God

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

(Matthew 6:33 NIV)

It’s getting to that time of year when many students start stressing about finals and assignments. Or if you’re working, perhaps you’re thinking about a job change. Or maybe you’ve got a lot going on at home and you’re not sure how to deal with it. All these huge problems can overwhelm you until there’s no more room in your head to think about anything else.

One of my favourite Christian authors is Max Lucado. He has the wonderful gift of making God’s Word easy to understand and applicable to life. In his writings, he tells this story:

 

Here is a scene repeated in Brazil thousands of times daily.

It’s early morning. Time for young Marcos to leave for school. As he gathers his books and heads for the door, he pauses by his father’s chair. He searches his father’s face. Bencao, Pai? Marcos asks. (Blessing, Father?)

The father raises his hand. Deus te abençoe, meufliho, he assures. (God bless you, my son.) Marcos smiles and hurries out the door.

 

As Marcos departs for the day, he requests and receives a blessing. As God’s children, we can also seek and receive His favour each morning as we begin a new day.

How can you seek God first? It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. It can be as simple as waking up in the morning and saying a quick prayer, even while you’re lying there in bed. You could simply say to God, “I’m worried about ____ right now, but I trust that you can help me through it. Please bless everything I do for the rest of the day.”

Or you could try this: instead of doing your daily devotions at the end of the day when you’re too tired and sleepy to concentrate, why don’t you try doing it at the start of the day? It is amazing how much more focused you can be for the rest of the day, if you make God and your relationship with Him the priority in your life.

Matthew 6:33 reads, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” That is a promise from God in solid black and white. He will enable us to achieve everything we plan to do each day as long as we seek Him first. Imagine all the wonderful things you can accomplish with God’s help, if you start off on the right path each morning!

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-Heidi Yau