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::Devotional:: ‘Seeking God Beyond The Bills’

April 26, 2010

Many Christians are familiar with the concept of seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness first before all else, especially finances, from Matthew 6.   But how do we put that into practice literally?  Is it enough just to want to seek or is there a literal action required?  Well, I feel confident in saying that the power of God is displayed in the lives of those who are obedient to His word, literally.  That means action and commitment are going to be required.

It’s often easy to seek first the kingdom of God when everything is going right in our lives but what about when hard times come our way?  Especially financial hard times.  Then what?  Sometimes the expenses of life have a way of creeping up on us.  Before we know it we’re sitting at a desk behind a stack of bills that are impossible to pay.  How can we seek God beyond bills?

I say seek God before, in, and beyond the bills because that’s the promise from scripture.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Matthew 6:33-34

I’ve had to face the actual decision of sending in a tithe check to my church or to buy groceries for myself to eat, literally.  Everything in me during that moment was telling me that God didn’t want me to starve and that of course He would understand why I didn’t tithe that month.  Thankfully the Lord encouraged me to seek him first and I tithed rather than get the groceries. I didn’t die and as a matter of fact, if my memory serves me correctly, I ate pretty well that week through various potluck meals and dinner invitations from other folks.  That settled the issue in my heart forever; the Lord honors those who honor Him.  His word is perfect and practical, literally.

Seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness is a command to us from our Lord.  It means that He is to have a concrete foundation in our lives and other things need to be adjusted accordingly. Every morning we wake up we have the opportunity to serve the Lord or not.  There’s really no “kind-of” when it comes that type of commitment.  Just a few verses before the passage quoted above Jesus said it’s impossible for someone to have an allegiance to money and one to God as well.  In other words, the desire to serve God and be obedient to him and the desire for money can’t occupy the same position of priority in our lives.

No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24

Check out a previous devotion “Seek First His Kingdom And His Righteousness” for more information on this passage of scripture.  Nobody is more aware of your financial situation than the Lord.  In fact, he even knows what it is that motivates your spending, your saving, and everything in between.  Heed his counsel and seek to be obedient to Him before your next purchase.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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