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Tuesday

June 13, 2017

In All Things

Read

Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who live according to His purpose".

Think

We've all made countless promises throughout our lives, but none of us—if we're honest—have kept them all. For example, with good intentions, how many times have you told someone you'd pray for them, and then left their presence and forgot? It's natural—it happens. We are fallible, hence the words of English poet Alexander Pope: "To err is human; to forgive is divine." Only God—infallible and perfect—keeps every promise. Psalm 145:13b states, "The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does". How great is that?

The Bible is a book of promise and fulfillment, and today's verse is a great example of God's devotion and faithfulness to those who love Him. When we feel the sting of betrayal—He is there to guide us through the pain for our gain. When we suffer—there's a purpose. In the midst of financial or relational distress—God has our best interest in mind. So, no matter what, IN ALL THINGS, God is at work for our good and His glory. Humans falter, but God's love never fails!

Pray

Father God, thank You for keeping every promise. You are always faithful and true. Help me to keep my word in order to honor others and to please You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Act

Memorize today's verse. It's a great verse to remember in times of trouble, and to encourage others.

 

Thursday

June 8, 2017

Seek First

Read

Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added to you”.

Think

Matthew 6:33 is one of the most foundational verses in all of Scripture. It’s easy to say, easy to memorize, and even easier to forget when we get distracted by all the things vying for our attention every day. And it’s true—we are all busy. However, we cannot use this as an excuse to not spend time with God. There are 168 hours in a week. So, the question is, how are we managing our time if we can’t make time for the Creator of time? Yet, we always seem to find time to do what matters most. Here’s the truth, creating space within our daily lives is more about our priorities, devotion, and character than clocks and calendars. We must realize that our personal relationship with God is a privilege. He doesn’t have to be a part of our lives—He wants to!

There’s another facet to today’s verse that we often neglect due to our focus on the word ‘first’. In fact, first means nothing without the action verb before it. So, we are to SEEK first. This means to find or discover by searching, asking intentional questions, and exploring to obtain knowledge. Seeking God is a quest for His wisdom, character, and nature. It’s earnestly pursuing a deeper relationship with Christ. And it’s a point of surrender, knowing His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Then, no matter what comes our way—good, bad, or in between—we have a supernatural peace that transcends all understanding. Placing Him first allows all of our concerns to align, knowing He is in control. When Jesus is at the center of it all, He will guide our steps according to His goodness and grace.

Pray

Father God, thank You for desiring a relationship with me. I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve You. Convict my heart when I put anything or anyone before You. Search my motivations, and help guide me to actively seek Your righteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Act

How do you prioritize your day? How would those priorities change with God at the top of your agenda? Does considering spending time with Him as a privilege affect your attitude?