“SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Matthew 6:33
As human beings, we all need to rest, refuel and recharge. We can do this by sleeping and eating healthy, among other things.
As Christians, we need to rest, refuel and recharge as well. We do this by spending time each day being still before God, reading His Word and praying. You might have heard someone say “I am going to have my quiet time.” Personally, I never liked the term “quiet time.” I don’t enjoy being quiet! It even kind of makes me feel like I have to go to time out.
My family calls it our SEEK FIRST time! Before we start our day and before we begin a new endeavor, we need to take the necessary time to SEEK HIM FIRST. Second Timothy 3:17 says, “that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” We want to be FULLY EQUIPPED for whatever might come our way.
For some of you, this may be new. That’s ok! You can start today! There is no format or right or wrong way to have your personal devotions. It is however, important that you sit and be still; that you listen to what God may lay on your heart.
It is so easy to talk and just ask and ask and ask God for everything on your wish list. The hard part is being disciplined enough to listen. God can speak to you in a number of ways, and one way is through His Word.
So, in an effort to help you begin your journey to SEEK FIRST, here is just a suggestion to help you get started. Most months have 31 days. And the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters. How convenient! Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom, so it is a great place to start your day!
Start in the morning by reading whatever chapter correlates with the date. On the first morning of the month, read the first chapter. And on the second day of the month, read the second chapter. You get the idea.
Another thing you can do is read one chapter from the book of Psalms each night before you go to bed. If you ever struggle with fear, stress or anxiety, Psalms is particularly perfect to read before you go to sleep.
As you read the Scriptures, pause and listen to what the Lord might be trying to say to you. God doesn’t require a ritual or a time consuming formula, He simply asks that you SEEK HIM FIRST.