Bible Reading Matthew 6:25-33
Focus Verse: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
I am a highly analytical person, sometimes to the point where it used to make me physically sick, nauseous, headaches, etc. I remember a few years ago, I had been praying about a particular issue, I mean really praying about it. I woke up and prayed about it, all through the day, I was praying about it and before I went to bed, I would pray about it. “Show me what it is you want me to do God, I need to hear your voice regarding this situation.” Bless my heart, I thought I was doing it right, I had a problem and I was submitting it to God, laying it at His feet, seeking Him for direction and guidance, right?
One morning as I was preparing to pray yet again for this issue, I heard the Spirit of God say, “seek Me, not My answers.” I was instantly quieted. The Lord began to reveal to me that I had been so caught up in getting the answers that I had totally neglected to seek God, just for Him and His presence. I had started to idolize His answers and place them above Him.
How would you feel if one of your friends only comes to you when they have a need? They never take the time to call you or contact you just to talk and spend time together, or to get to know one another and build a relationship, but instead, because they want something. Maybe you have someone in your life right now, like that. Or could that person be you?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we are not supposed to bring all of our concerns to Christ. The Bible teaches us, in multiple places, that we are to bring every burden to God, He is concerned with the things that concern us. See 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 138:8 However, we have to be very careful that our burdens and cares are not the only things we are bringing to Him. Scripture instructs us that we are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. See Psalm 100:4 It is when we are seeking Him, that the answers to our prayers are revealed.
Have you fallen into the trap of seeking His answers more than His Face? Do you have a situation that you have allowed to overcome you so much that, it consumes all of your alone time with Christ?
Prayer: Lord, I love You. Thank You for opening my eyes to see the truth. I confess that I have idolized Your answers and I ask You to forgive me. Give me the desire to seek You and only You, just for who You are, knowing that when I seek You, everything that I need, You will provide, as Your Word promises, in Jesus’ name, Amen!