Seek First

Seek First

Pursuing God's Righteousness Amidst First World Problems
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"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles fee after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:31-33

I have head, read, and recited these verses more times than I can count on my hands, but I am just now beginning to understand how to apply this to my life. I had the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to Zimbabwe this past summer, and that is when this passage started to click for me.

The people over there have so little, yet they worship God with so much joy in their hearts.

They may not know what they are going to eat that night for dinner, or if they will have clothes for their quickly growing child, but nevertheless they pursue the Lord with all they have, trusting that he will provide what they need.

While this is a beautiful picture and example that these people painted for me, I still thought to myself "How in the world does this apply to me?"

I have been so fortunate to live in a stable environment where I don't have to worry that I have food on my plate or clothes to keep me warm. I have had everything I could ever need and more.

While I don't have these third world problems to deal with, I still work up anxiety worrying about things. I worry about what my major is supposed to be. I worry about who I am supposed to marry. I worry about what job opportunities I might have after I graduate.

I worry about so many minute details of this world when my priority should be seeking after God's righteousness.

Rather than getting caught up in world things such as having the cutest clothes or the nicest car, my eyes should be set on Jesus. Striving to achieve righteousness by following him. Worshipping him with everything in me because of his goodness. Praising him for what he has done for me, and what he will do.

I have gone for so long not understanding this familiar passage, but the Lord has been so faithful in my life recently and is revealing to me the true value of relentlessly chasing after him above everything else.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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I was created in the image of my Creator,

Yet I am prone to imitate our perverter

He died for me—so that I may truly live,

Yet I give myself to death willingly

He paints a halo over me

Yet I see horns on my head.

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Concussed and confused—my mind asks,

Where is my God?

Tormented and torn—my heart yearns,

For its Father.

Scared and searching—my spirit knows,

He is near.

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Damn my good intentions,

Damn my wishful thinking,

Damn my justifying mind,

Damn my character.

My God, My God, I fearfully pray,

break this good man—make him righteous.

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I have come to understand—

By letting go, I can grasp

By losing myself to you, I fully gain myself.

Show me who I am—

before all the haze of my thoughts.

Moment by moment—forever

you have changed me.

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