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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Above All Else

Toil. Work. Get ahead. Make more money. Have more, and want more. The world pushes us on, and we succumb to its call until life becomes a vast void of desire instead of the gift God intended. With that enormous void to be filled, worry puts down deep roots. When worry takes residence in our thoughts, we lose the spiritual understanding that the void can never be filled with the things of this world. It can only be filled with His presence.

In Matthew 6, Jesus explains how much God loves and cares for us. “If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:30-33, NLT). 

The Lord knows your needs. When you believed that Jesus died for your sins, you received a new nature—His righteousness. It was not a partial gift. It was complete work. In your born-again spirit, you received all the resources of your Father. Understanding this is so hard for the human mind to grasp. But when you are transformed by consistently putting on your new nature, thinking changes. Your perception changes. You see with His eyes. As you draw closer to Him, He becomes more important than any need. You believe that He provides beyond what your natural mind can imagine.

Seek Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill your emptiness until the things you think you need are no more. The stock market may plunge or peak. Circumstances may whirl beyond comprehension. The government may play political chess, but you will remain secure in His grace. Have faith that He has already supplied all you need.

The gift of Jesus’ life imparted to you the spiritual riches of His Father’s Kingdom. And those riches are discovered in placing Him above all else. He put you first on the Cross—above all else.

© 2020 Lynn Lacher

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