“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
–Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
Every day we have a routine of going to school, to work, to places, or even staying at home to do work as well. Oftentimes we get used to our daily routines that we forget to notice the simple things of life and the details that God can randomly reveal to us. Sometimes the trials of life and the pressures of peers can cloud our minds from focusing our eyes on Jesus. In this day and age, years seem to fly by quickly and with everything going on in our lives, there is seem to be not enough time each day. But God just simply wants us to slow down, soak in His presence, and seek Him first in our daily lives.
God wants us to slow down because He has a perfect time for everything. He wants us to fully trust in Him even in the midst of our circumstances. Instead of worrying and allowing our situations to overwhelm us, God wants us to spend time with Him and “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present [our] requests to Him” (see Philippians 4:6-7). We just need to remind ourselves to pause in our daily activities, appreciate the gift of life with a grateful heart, and acknowledge the beauty of God’s creation each day.
God wants us to soak in His presence because He desires for us to hear His voice and learn more of His will for us. If we can set up family reunions with our relatives or make plans with our friends, then we can spend time with God and delight in His presence. Just like David, may this be our prayer each day: “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple” (see Psalm 27:4). We just need to remind ourselves to be consistently filled with His presence and to hunger for more of Him each day.
God wants us to seek Him first because He wants us to turn our attention and affections toward Him. “When You said, ‘Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word]” (see Psalm 27:8). More than anything or anyone else, God is all we need because He is Everything. Having Him in our lives gives security and assurance that we will never lack in anything because He is our Jehovah Jireh, our Great Provider. We just need to remind ourselves to put God first in everything each day.
The more we spend time with the Lord daily, the more we learn to turn our affections toward Him. We begin to place Him first in our hearts. And when Jesus reigns in our hearts, we are able to say yes to Him even in the midst of challenges and distractions. We are able to fix our eyes on Him because He is certain and He never changes. We can confidently put our hope in Him because He holds everything in His hands. So, let us live one day at a time, seeking God and allowing Him to transform us to become world changers for His glory!