When we begin to look at the events and situations that unfold around us, it does not take long to realize that we, as people, have a tendency of making things more difficult. Typically, we are our own worst enemy and rather than getting out of the way, we stand in the way and the same is true with our relationship with God. Instead of getting out of His way, we stand in the way and while this does not prevent Him from working, it does hinder certain things.
We must remember that God is God and can do all things and while this should be obvious to all, after having many conversations with many people, it is obvious that our understanding of God is lacking. For instance, rather than being still and letting God work, we want to do everything on our own but nowhere in scripture are we told to do anything on our own. Joshua 1:9 reminds us of this: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Matthew 6:33 reads “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This verse is important but it’s also direct as we are to put favor of the things of God over the things of this world or, to make God’s way a priority over all things. If we are to live with God, He expects us to seek His salvation over anything below but when you tell people this, especially nonbelievers and maybe even some Christians, they may mistake this for meaning we are to neglect or overlook our responsibilities and duties while we are below but this is not true.
Rather, we are to do all things to the best of our abilities to honor God. We all have responsibilities to do and duties to perform on a daily basis whether it’s a job, a task, or simply something we have undertaken but regardless of the position we hold and its severity, we are expected to see it through. If we have a job or a daily routine, we should make it a priority to do these things with God as a priority but many people make their job or their hobbies a main priority. Scripture is clear that we are to work and Genesis 2:15 reads “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
While we do have responsibilities here below, God has to remain the main priority. No, we will never be perfect and God tells us this as we all fall short of God’s glory. However, when we commit to God’s ways and give Him all things, He makes our ways for us. Scripture reads “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Further, Christ tells us if we keep our eyes, our minds, our perspectives on Him, He will provide for the rest. Philippians 4:19 reads just that: ”But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It is all based on Christ’s riches, not ours.
Life is difficult and there is no denying this and it will get hard but if we are with Christ, all things will work accordingly. Although they may not work out the way we want them, we must seek His kingdom, His way, above all things. Romans 12:2 tells us “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of our mind, that ye may provide what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” While this does not mean that life will be easy, living with Christ does give us the perfect assurance of hope and salvation but we have to give it to God and get out of the way.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”–Matthew 6:33