Monday, September 3, 2018

Seek God First

It is important to seek the Lord first in the morning and let Him establish our thoughts (Proverbs 16:3).

This is one way I think about Matthew 6:33. We are putting the Lord first chronologically. In doing so, we learn about what is tugging on the reins of our hearts.






Think about this, whatever we focus on first in the morning is what our heart thinks is a priority. Jesus searches and tries the reins of our hearts (Jeremiah 17:10, Rev 2:23). What we gravitate to first show us what is tugging at our heartstrings.

We can learn a lot from Solomon. He put the Lord first. He didn't ask for wealth or power. He asked for wisdom to judge God's people. God was so pleased that He gave him wealth and honor in addition to wisdom.

Solomon was seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven and the LORD’s ways of doing things right. We should do the same.




Relevant passages.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

1 Kings 3:5-14 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Psalms 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.