Verse of the Day

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

~Matthew 6:33

Today's Devotional Thought

March 30, 2011 by Rachel Piferi


Heart of God

A sweet friend of mine posted this quote by Maya Angelou on her Facebook wall recently, “A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her." I have heard that quote before and I have been thinking about it ever since I read it again recently. And as I think about this quote, I am more and more convinced that this is true for all relationships – not just our marital or romantic relationship.

As I pondered this quote by Maya Angelou, I thought of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” In this chapter of Matthew, Jesus is telling his disciples and others how to pray and how to fast and ultimately how to give your worry to the Lord as you trust him for all your needs. And towards the end of this chapter, Jesus tells them to seek first the kingdom of God and all of your needs will be met also. In this particular chapter, Jesus is talking about physical needs like food and water and clothing. And he tells them that pagans worry about these things and run after them, but that we don’t need to worry about them because your heavenly Father knows that you need them. So, we should seek him first and not worry about running after all of our earthly needs because God knows we need them and will provide them.

God knows all of our needs. He knows our physical needs like food and clothing. But, he also knows our relational needs. He himself said in Genesis that it was not good for man to be alone and he made a helper for him (Genesis 2:18). In fact, relationship to God and to others is a central theme of the Bible. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” It is clear throughout the Bible and through health research that social relationships are good, and necessary, to human survival. And just as Jesus said in Matthew 6, your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

I know there are many of you who are hurting in your relationships. Some of you are searching for that precious man who will love you with the love of Christ. Others of you are hurting in your friendships and searching for that dear best friend who can be your soul mate in friendship and who will love you as a friend should love. And for some of you, these needs are very great. And sweet sisters let me tell you today, your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

How can we find those special people? We can find them like Maya Angelou suggests – by having our hearts so near to God. You see, when we grow close to the Lord and build our relationship with him, we begin to naturally emulate his principles. And as we begin to emulate his principles, we also begin to draw closer to others who emulate his principles. We desire to be near him and near people who are also near him. And I believe by drawing close to him and becoming more like Christ, we will find meaningful relationships with others.

I believe that God will take care of all of your needs when you seek him first. Let me remind you today that God doesn’t want us to crave human relationships more than we crave him. And as it says in Matthew 6, we should seek his kingdom first and then all of our needs will be taken care of by our heavenly father.

God knows your needs. Seek his heart first and he will meet your needs.

Memorize this verse today:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
~Matthew 6:33

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