“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
I will never forget that moment when I came to trust the Lord. I had left my first and only teaching job, and my finances were getting thin. I was in a position where I did not know what was to come. About that time, I had also decided take part in my first mission trip.
A team was going to Haiti. I was still under contract with the district, but I battled with my concerns with the future. I knew that, at some point, my wages would stop and I would be seeking employment rather than, planning to head off to some foreign land.
I remember the whole thing coming to a head, and I told Pastor Chuck Morris, who was to lead the trip that summer, that I had to withdrawl due to not having the money. In the following days, the Lord laid His hand upon me. I could feel His spiritual presence, bearing down on me.
“When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah”
Psalms 32:3-4 NKJV
The pressure was immense, as depression and worry filled me. I spent many a hour sitting and moping. I remember getting gas one afternoon. At some point I praised God, and I felt a strong sense of the Lord. It was as if He was saying, “How dare you praise me, if you have no faith in me.”
I went home and moped some more. I took some time to listen to a christian radio show. On the show there was a story of a collegiate swimmer who was paralyzed in a diving accident. She told of her struggles after the incident and how she adjusted to it. She told of the dark place she was in and her struggles with God. At some point, her friends told her to read the bible like she had never before. She read and read and read, until one day she encountered Matthew 6:33.
My heart broke.
Seek first. I admitted to the Lord that I had not sought Him, sought His glory, His honor, His majesty. I had not sought to worship Him. I repented of my sin, and prayed: “Lord if you want me to go to Haiti, you will make a way. ” The pressure lifted, and joy filled me.
I left my apartment and went to visit a friend who lived in a house that backed against the Grace Church parking lot. Shortly after I got there, familiar car raced into the parking lot, and suddenly did a u turn. the driver had seen me sitting on the patio. It was another friend of mine. He jumped out of his car and ran up to where I sat. “The Lord has impressed on my heart to give you $300 dollars toward your mission trip.”
Suddenly, God became real.
Believers, know that He is real and that He loves you. He is aware of your needs, He is seeking to show you that He is faithful. Seek Him first. It is easy to look at your circumstance and forget God.
Make Him your priority, your necessity, the first thing you think of in the morning and the last you think of at night. Pursue His righteousness, and He will take care of everything else. I have found this to be true so many times, as I have had to rely on Him for everything.
Before there was a need, He had a plan for our salvation. Jesus came, God in the flesh, to die for our sins, to pay a sin debt He did not owe, for sinners like us, who had a sin debt we could not pay. He is faithful!
He is coming again.
““Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
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