“Seek Him First” (Matthew 6: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans

Try to find His kingdom, try to obtain His righteousness first — before all other considerations in your life. Everything else will then be provided. A straightforward formula, if you will.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7: 7 – 8)

If Christ stands at the door and knocks, and you — who are seeking Him with your whole heart — open the door; then He will find you and you will find Him.

Jesus says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3: 19 – 20)

Because He loves us, He will discipline us.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13)

As Jesus reminds us, what parent when her child asks for a fish gives the apple of her eye a stone instead?

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