Week 1: Seeking God: The Creator of Relationship
DAY 2: Seek Him and His Kingdom First
Priorities matter to God. He gives us great insight on what we should all hold as priority #1. Mathew 6:33-34 says, “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.” This directive and promise is given in the context of worry. If we were really honest with ourselves, we would all admit that we have fallen prey to worrying about material, financial, health, and relational needs before we are concerned about Kingdom matters. It feels somewhat impractical to do otherwise. However, some of us have ventured out and have taken God at His Word, put Him and His Kingdom first and have found that He meant it! When we put Him first, He truly does have, not only what we need in mind, but He also works things out such that many of the desires of our hearts come to pass. This promise is basically saying, “You focus on Me and what I have for you today. I hold your tomorrow. Trust Me!” This includes our relationships. If you see something within your relationships that causes you to worry, cast those worries onto Him (Ps. 55:22).
Ask Him what He would have you pray about that concern. Ask if He has an assignment for you today concerning that relationship and ask for the grace to follow through on that as well as the grace to not do what is someone else’s part. Entrust that relationship to Him Who actually cares more about it than you do! List out the things you tend to worry about especially in your relationships. Confess those to Him and to a trusted friend. Turn from those worries and hand them one by one to Him who has a good future in mind for you and those you care about. Look up Jeremiah 29:11 and “worry with God” about how good and preferable your future is that He has planned for you. For example, He is so for you, you may have to worry about turning down too many job offers or figure out how to nurture the many good relationships He brings your way. If you are in a difficult relationship, ask God for eyes to see that preferable future for the person and partner with God in releasing all the character, healing, and grace needed for that person to receive and enter into that good plan.
Declare over yourself, “I have my priorities straight. As I keep my focus on Him and His Kingdom, God has every other area of my life in mind. I only need to fix my eyes on Him and He will guide me on the rest. I am so excited to see what He has in store for me and those I care about!
Author of this post: Melanie Connell