But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteous; and all these thing shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
It is profoundly imperative that we understand the necessity of placing God first in every aspect of our lives. Too often we have a tendency to make a move without seeking what God’s will is for our lives. For instance, whether it is for jobs, promotions, relationships, purchases or vacations; we tend to act on our behalf before even considering seeking God’s will for our lives. This causes problems for us because we become disappointed, anxious, angry or saddened when God refuses to heed our advances to acquire or do what we want. The Lord must not be an afterthought; He must be our first priority.
There is a serious problem when we put “us” first, instead of seeking God first; and that problem is that we are not trusting Him to direct our lives for what is best for us. Not trusting God is a major insult to His character. It is imperative that we do not forget the fact that He knows what is best for us. All to often we are predisposed to think we know what is best for us. We keep going after things that are not good for us; and the reason for that is we are not seeking God first. Allow me give you an example: in Relationships, in one’s desire to be with someone in a relationship, there is the inclination to not wait on The Lord, and to go hunting for someone. Usually, the one who has placed what they want over God’s plan for them.
Jesus’ command in Matthew 6:33 is a charge for us to earnestly strive continuously after God’s Kingdom, and His righteousness, that is His rule / will by living right, and making our pursuit priority number one. When we move passionately toward The Lord, we will have fulfillment in every area of our lives, but when He is an afterthought we will not find lasting joy in the things we attain. When God is first in our lives, He is then honored to be number One. When God is preeminent in our lives, we are placing His Kingdom and His Righteous before those things which are temporary blessings. He is in the place He must be in.
When we place ourselves first, we are self-centered. We show a lack of spiritual growth. We show that we do not trust God; as I stated earlier, that is a major insult to His character. By placing ourselves first we ultimately delay our blessings, we end up at a dead-end; we will be frustrated and disappointed with the outcome of things that could have been better for us. It is foolish to place ourselves first.
I have found that it is The Lord’s desire to have an intimate relationship with us. It is in that close and intimate fellowship with our Lord that we find contentment, peace, joy and guidance. He promises to add provide the necessities we need and I have seen Him give even more than the necessary things. So I ask you the question, “Is God first or are you first in your life?” Whatever you do, please make the right choice.
Your servant in Christ,