Devotional For The Week Of 12/25/17- Seek God First

(Matthew 6:33- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.)

 

We shouldn’t ask God what He can do for us, but we should ask God what can we do for Him? God is not just a genie who grants your every wish. Instead of always telling God what we want, we should ask Him what He would like from us or what we can do for Him. Change your “what I want” to “I want what the Lord wants me to have”

When you’re doing God’s will, He will supply your needs. (Philippians 4:19- But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.) It doesn’t just end at “supply your needs” but it says according to God’s will. What we need isn’t always what we want. When you’re doing God’s will the things you NEED will be supplied to you.

One person in the Bible that I really like is Solomon. God told him that he could ask for anything he wanted and it would be given to him. The average person if asked a question like that would say they wanted to be rich. (1 Kings 3:9-14- Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. For who by himself is able to carry such a heavy responsibility?” The Lord was pleased with his reply and was glad that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So He replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people and haven’t asked for a long life, or riches for yourself, or the defeat of your enemies— yes, I’ll give you what you asked for! I will give you a wiser mind than anyone else has ever had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you didn’t ask for—riches and honor! And no one in all the world will be as rich and famous as you for the rest of your life! And I will give you a long life if you follow me and obey my laws as your father David did.”) (Proverbs 22:4- True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor, and long life.) Many times we look at a celebrity’s life and we’re like “well they’re rich and they don’t serve God” but I’ve learned to never envy someone who isn’t saved, don’t envy people at all, focus on you. The end of Proverbs 22:4 says “and long life” what do your riches really mean if you’re not going to have everlasting life. (Matthew 6:19-20- Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves.)

It’s so important to know that money doesn’t bring true happiness. A friend of mine shared a story with me about a guy he knew who had his own business and made $22,000 per contract. He had all that money but he said he still wasn’t satisfied. He said he didn’t get why he was so unhappy and he was even having suicidal thoughts. One day, he just packed all his stuff up and moved to Florida. Now he’s a pastor and his life is fulfilling. (Ecclesiastes 5:10- He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness!)

This is just a reminder that by seeking God first, everything He wants for you will follow. Focus on your salvation and doing God’s will for your life. Ask God for wisdom so that you can make the right decisions. Store your treasures in heaven because your riches and any other materialistic things won’t be going with you when you die. Money can’t buy happiness.