But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)
Welcome to week 52 of the 52 Challenge! You did it! If you jumped in on week 1, we have reflected on, memorized, and sat with 52 verses over the last 52 weeks. If you missed any weeks or would like to start from week 1, check out the links below.
This week’s verses contain some powerful words from Jesus. They are a conditional promise that we’d be wise to ponder and make a part of our lifestyle. He is saying God will provide the things we truly need (that’s what “all these things” means) when we make God’s ways our top priority. He’s speaking to the daily temptation we face to live our lives like our well-being is dependent on our efforts. And while it is true that we have responsibilities and we are to play our part, the bigger truth is that “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) solely because of God’s incredible providence.
When we accept this truth and live our lives reflecting it, we will be able to seek God first. Before our love life, success, security, or approval. We can seek God before family, before desire, and before comfort or pleasure. When we discover how to seek God first, everything changes in our lives because we receive what our hearts, souls, and minds need for us to thrive.
What are you tempted to seek before God and his way of life?
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