”But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
Sometimes one can see lovely stacks of colorful yarn in various hues and colors both in the supermarket and in needlecraft shops. Each yarn cone or bunch is so carefully rolled that it looks like the yarn has intentionally grouped itself in different gradients or strains in the display stand. I’ve discovered that the yarn cones are in fact intentionally wound in a very orderly way. Consequently, it requires that one begins by pulling on the ’correct end’ of the yarn. I have in fact had the misfortune of pulling thread from the wrong end, and I can tell you, the new bundle can become entangled in an unbelievable mess. If one has begun pulling from the wrong end it may require several to untangle the threads.
It’s the same in God’s Kingdom. Today’s Bible verse gives us clear instructions in how our lives ought to be prioritized and the key word in establishing order is the word ’first’. Begin with seeking His Kingdom and all will be well. If we first chase after ’all the other stuff’ it will be as though we begin by pulling from the wrong end of the yarn cone. It will become one tangled web.
Lord, You who know what the day ahead looks like. Help me to seek Your Kingdom and righteousness first, before I attempt anything else. Thank You for then allowing my day to flow in an orderly fashion and without a lot of hassle that would have resulted if I’d begun on the wrong end of things.
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