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Daily Devotion: Seek Ye First

Matthew 6: 33

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”


Merrium-Webster has several definitions that it using to describe the word SEEK. One of them states, “to try to acquire.” To try to acquire something indicates that it is something we don’t have. This verse tells us that we are to try to acquire the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This makes it clear that WE DON’T HAVE IT.
This is not to say that are to try to TAKE God’s kingdom from Him. Satan already tried that and got kicked out of heaven. Rather it is telling us that we should seek to SHARE in His kingdom and His righteousness.
Adam and Eve shared in His kingdom and His righteousness in the Garden of Eden. In the book of Genesis we see where Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. We often talk about ourselves walking with God, and we SEEK His kingdom and His righteousness we will find ourselves walking with God more often. 
But it doesn’t end there. 
You see, Adam and Eve also talked with God. They had actual, two way conversations. We know this to be true because there is one of these conversations recorded in Genesis chapter 3 starting in verse 9. We can see that this sort of conversation was not new because Adam and Eve readily spoke with God. If this sort of conversation had been unusual then it would not have elicited such a casual response. 
So, Adam and Eve had CONVERSATION with God. The thing about a conversation it that it is two way. When we have a conversation with someone, there are times when we talk and times where we are silent and listen. When you pray are you having conversation WITH God or are you talking AT God? When you pray do you have times when you talk and times when you are SILENT?
All to often when we pray we do plenty of talking, but there is little, if any silence. We spend a lot of the talking to God, but very little time listening. If we are to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, if we are to seek to share His kingdom and His righteousness as Adam and Eve did, then we need to spend as much time listening as we do talking when we pray.
Matt Norman

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