Seek Ye First

Today’s Scripture

Food For Thought  Sometimes the only way to grow spiritually is to be brutally honest with myself.  As I spent time reading and studying these verses in Matthew 6, I began to wonder, what am I really seeking?

It’s painful and true, and I’ve even written some posts about it here, but I often seek significance.  I’m worried about that trait.  Every time I seek to make myself look important or successful, I am failing to seek God first.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of worldly media.  Our media promotes physical beauty, material possessions, wealth, fame, fortune, success, money, sex, popularity, and ego.  And in these promotions I begin to feel more and more insignificant, like I just can’t ever measure up.

But while the world may frown upon my value of modesty, faith, family, and God, I should stop worrying about what the world thinks!  If I’m seeking God and His commands first, I will be given everything I need.  I am very likely to be a person who doesn’t need success, fame, wealth, or popularity.  God may choose to bless me in other ways, but there is no doubt that I will be blessed if I simply seek Him first.

Every time I start to worry about the world, and what it thinks of me and my choices, I’m taking my eyes off what I truly should be seeking, and that is the Lord and all His righteousness.  It sounds like a good time for me to reset and refocus, lifting my eyes up to God, trusting that He will bring me all the good things I need for my life.  And with that faith and belief, I have nothing to worry about!

Today’s Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that I will stop seeking false sources of significance.  I pray I only see my identity in you.  I pray I stop trying to be important, but praise and revere you as most-important.  Please forgive my weaknesses of envy, jealousy, and comparison.  I pray for continued improvement in these areas.  help me to have the right priorities so that I place you above all else.  I pray to seek you and serve others before myself.  Help me to keep my focus, Heavenly Father.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Corresponding Verses to Read

Today’s Bible Journaling Pages  It may sound silly to some and others just don’t understand it, but when I’m doing my Bible journaling pages, I am seeking God first.  I’ve been working in my journaling Bible for about ten months now.  I crave my time in the Word, and not just the creative parts either.  It’s like this journaling activity has helped open my mind to new ideas in the scriptures.  I read the words with a new understanding and I want to learn more.  Even if I don’t create a journaling page for the day, I find I must spend time in the Bible each day.

I wish I could say I’ve always felt that way, but honestly it came and went with the different seasons in my life.  I’ve had different versions of the Bible.  I’ve tried programs for reading through the Bible in a year.  I’ve had different topical or book studies.  Some have been successful and some less so.  But when life got busy, I often found one of the first things to get bumped from my to-do list was my daily Bible studies.  And even on the days when I “squeezed” it in, I often wasn’t focused or truly seeking God.  I’m not proud of it, but honestly recognize it as an area to improve.

One of the greatest joys in my new season of life right now is having time to adequately study God’s word each day.  Now I say “adequately” knowing I’m studying with intention and purpose, NOT that I’m getting it all right or perfect.  One of the tools helping me to grow is my ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway Publishers.  I’d like to share a few pages from this study with you today.

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