I woke up early this morning, and at first thought I would turn on the TV and watch the news or something. Then I thought – no, I’m going to spend time with God, which should have been my first thought to begin with. I find that I sometimes struggle with giving my free time to God and instead want to do something mindless. Even when I am spending time with God, I often battle to keep my mind focused on Him and turn off my “mom mind”, which wants to create a grocery list and plan our meals for the week. Do you struggle with this also? I suspect that a lot of us do.
Once I began to focus on God this morning, I heard Him say, “Seek Me first,” and the following verses came to mind:
Therefore, do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. Matthew 6:31-33 (AMP)
I was then reminded of one of my favorite songs, “Give Me Jesus”. If you know this song, you are probably most familiar with Fernando Ortega’s version of this traditional old hymn. The song begins with “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus,” and concludes with “When I come to die, give me Jesus.” This song is a great reminder of how we should begin and end, not just our lives but each day. We should begin and end each day seeking Him, while continuing to do so throughout the day. He has promised that if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
I am challenging myself to seek Him first in everything, every day. I know this won’t be an easy task, but I’m confident it will be a rewarding one. I would love for you to join me in this challenge, and I would be thrilled if you would share your stories with me.