Deuteronomy 31:1-32:9 / Luke 12:8-34 / Psalm 78:26-45 / Proverbs 12:21-23
“ When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and filled themselves and grown fat, then they will turn to other gods and serve them; and they will provoke Me and break My covenant.”
We must not forget or become complacent when the Lord brings us to a place of financial blessing. Many times financial abundance can bring about an “ease” in which a person can fall into a false sense of spiritual security. While enjoying the fruits of our labor, feeling good about what we have accomplished, it can be easy to forget that it has been God all along that has provided. It is easy to get “lazy” in our walk with the Lord; our needs seem to be taken care of and the desperation that once drove us to our knees seeking the Lord has been satisfied.
God uses this passage in Deuteronomy to illuminate this tendency and warn us against it. Continually remember the Lord’s mighty hand of provision – never allow the credit - especially in the area of financial success - to shift from the Lord onto ourselves. Staying connected to the Lord daily through time in the Word, prayer and journaling is super necessary and will help us to guard against this kind of complacency. We must strive to protect and nurture our relationship with the Lord IN EVERY SEASON, not just in times of desperation and need.
Luke 12:22, 29, 31
“Therefore I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. (v. 29) And do not seek what you should eat or drink, nor have an anxious mind. (v. 31) But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.”
How do we “seek first the kingdom”? Let’s break it down. We need take it one step at a time and say, “Lord, here I am. What do You want for me today, I want to know You more, what do You want to show me?” This kind of question, if it is asked from a pure heart that is truly seeking the Lord, cannot be rushed. It requires TIME; time to stop and listen to what our Father is saying to us. We can’t truly “seek FIRST the kingdom” once a month, every other week or even a couple times a week. We can’t seek the kingdom in a hurry like we’re popping into the drive through at McDonalds hoping to get a few tasty tidbits thrown at us.
Seeking first the kingdom means we are daily in a two-way relationship with the Lord. It is the top priority in our lives. It is from this place of relationship and intimacy with our Father that everything will flow – His vision and strategies for our marriages, our parenting, our relationships our jobs, etc… When God is in His proper place in our lives, we truly do not need to worry or be anxious but rest in the FACT that His hand will provide!