By Jennifer Moreno
There is a saying that goes ‘the heart wants what it wants,’ but sometimes even when you know something isn’t for you, somehow you’re stubborn heart continues to tell you otherwise. So how do we stop these kind of earthly feelings? I can only think of one verse when I get caught in this predicament. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
From this verse I gather that G-d is concerned with the desires of our heart, but before he gives us anything we desire we must be ready to receive those blessings. We’re like brown rice cooking in a pot, we look brown on the outside, but just because it looks ready outside, doesn’t mean we’re ready on the inside. G-d cannot give us what we want when we want it, but on His time and when we’re mature to receive it.
G-d has a purpose for everything in our lives, He is always there in our good and bad times. The beauty of it all and His amazing love is that we have free will. Free will to choose the path we want to take, but G-d hopes we take the right one. His word is a lamp to our feet and if we follow it, we will obtain the desires of our heart according to His will and proper time.
I think G-d wants us to first seek His kingdom and His righteousness for various fundamental reasons. Seeking Him means we will be founded and rooted in His word, we will take counsel in Him and ask Him for advice when we are going to make decisions in our lives. I also believe seeking the Lord means we will be wiser in our decision making, we’ll have more discernment about the things of the world and not get caught up in it. We will always put G-d first in our affairs and He wants us to learn that apart from Him we can’t do it alone. There will be no blessing in the things we achieve if G-d isn’t in it.
Ephesians 4:14 comes to mind as I write these words… “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”
If we truly seek His kingdom, we will be strong and steadfast, not weak and easily diverted. Ultimately G-d has a great plan for our lives, you are here on this Earth for a reason and purpose. It is a matter for us to seek out and pray about. It may take a lifetime or a few years to figure our purpose, but as long as you’re searching for Jesus Christ, He’ll unveil it for you because that is His will.
In the end we have to trust in Him, because His word says in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
George Truett once said, “To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.” May this new year be filled with joy and peace in the Holy Spirit and may God continue to show you His will over your life.
G-d bless everyone!