But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:33 ESV
My dad has a way with cars… and people that work with cars.
Somehow, he is always able to negotiate and find a good deal, even from far away. I remember this one time, I ran over something that punctured my tire. Like any young driver, I got the spare tire and kept rolling. I was content to ride on that spare tire until it gave out, especially with little financial resources to get a new tire. When my dad found out that I was riding on a spare, he called around and found me a tire that I could actually afford. See in my mind I figured that spare tire would have gotten me from place to place, but my father knew it wouldn’t have been the same as a real tire. He knew that I couldn’t go as far or as fast with a spare tire. He intervened and changed my whole situation.
When you feel deflated walking through tough seasons of life, where do you turn? Do you seek God first or settle for a cheap substitute? I chose what I thought was the cheap and easy route. All the while knowing that my father had the resources to help me. IF I had reached out to him first, I probably could have avoided the time spent going slower and shorter distances.
Instead of settling for a quick or easy replacement, our first response should be looking for our Heavenly Father. Yet, we choose to put on our own spare tires. We substitute things of this world, like money, titles, or relationships, as spare tires. We ride around on our self applied idols wondering why we’re struggling or forcing ourselves to move forward in our own strength. All the while our Heavenly Father is available with resources to get us where we’re going. Every single time we chose the easy replacement over seeking God, we are choosing to live in lack. We are sacrificing our full potential and we risk not going as far as we could with the proper equipping.
Today, you have a choice to seek the Kingdom first. I want to encourage you to fully embrace the provision that is awaiting you in your Heavenly Father’s hands.