Every morning, without fail, as soon as I opened my eyes I would check my phone. Check my email, texts, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Everyday……..without fail. It wasn’t until one day as I was scrolling through my news feed the Lord spoke to my heart a scripture in Matthew that woke me up to the truth of this bad habit.
“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
It was as if the words SEEK YE FIRST were written in bold because they rang out ever so loudly to me and I immediately felt the need to repent. As soon as I woke up, I wasn’t seeking God first. I was reaching for my phone. I didn’t say a prayer or read His Word before I started my day. Instead, I looked to the world first, ultimately placing God in second place.
Shame on me and I’m glad He corrected me on this.
The Lord helped me realize that He says to seek Him first for my benefit. Since changing the habit of grabbing my phone as soon as my eyelids opened, I read His Word and pray before I begin my day. I am ultimately saying with that action ” God, you come before any and everything” and it has made a world of difference in the way my day goes.
I take my upcoming day, my struggles from yesterday, my needs and requests for others, pretty much whatever is burdening my heart, and pour them out to God before I do a thing, and God shows up.
Some days He will lay a scripture on my heart that will not make sense to me until the end of the day. Light bulb, “Now I know why you gave me that scripture on patience. Lord, you knew my patience would be stretched today.” Other times He will give me a Word of encouragement, show me some things I need to work on, place someone on my heart to pray for, or just listen. Every encounter is different, but I can honestly say each and every time I seek God first in anything, it’s good, and ends up being for my benefit.
We all live in this world and can suddenly find ourselves distracted. For me it was my phone, for you it may be something different. But I encourage you to examine your life and see if there’s anything you may be doing that places God in second place. If so, repent, change it, and start on a new path of SEEKING HIM FIRST and watch as He reveals the blessings that come from it.