As you begin the new year, what is it that you are seeking? Some will be seeking a better job, others a new place to live and some may even be seeking for the one they will spend the rest of their life with.
In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:33, 34).
We are told to put God first in our lives, and not to concentrate all our being on the physical things of this life.
We can believe God. Put him first in all we do, care for our families, provide for them, but do not let the physical things get in the way of our service and devotion to God, and our lives will be richly blessed. It may not be in what many consider the important things — material goods, but with a peace and contentment that so many seek for and never find. Today many are making the same mistake that was made by Israel in the long ago. They trust in “physical things” rather than putting their trust in God. They trusted in the military might of a nation (Egypt) when they should have been trusting in God. a
In rebuke of this Isaiah wrote, “Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together” (Isa. 3:3).
All the physical things of this life will one day be gone. Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3”9, 10).
There are those who seek only what they can get for themselves. They seem to believe that they, by themselves, have accomplished everything. There is folly in that type of thinking.
The apostle Paul, while talking to the people at Athens, spoke of God, who “made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; … For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said” (Acts 17:24-29).
Without God we would not have life itself. We would not have the air we breathe or sustenance to keep us alive. All depend upon God. We must seek God.