TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When I got up yesterday morning, I decided a braised pork tenderloin sounded really good for supper. My supper menu consisted of barbecue braised pork tenderloin, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. So after my walk at the park, I stopped by the grocery store because I was out of a few ingredients. Namely pork tenderloin, barbecue sauce, baked beans, cabbage, mayonnaise—all the main ingredients I needed for the meal.
Sometimes we go out there with an idea and we’re not equipped or ready for it. We haven’t planned it. We haven’t prayed about it. We haven’t sought God’s will. And unlike my supper last night, it’s not always as easy as just stopping by the store to make it happen.
Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” And heaven knows I know the wisdom of this one first hand.
I used to be so bad with money. I’m certainly not an expert at it now, but I can pay the bills every month without crying and I know how to save. But in my younger days, I was impulsive. I would eagerly embrace an idea or thing, thinking it would solve my problems, but I didn’t always think things through. And since I was a prodigal determined to do things my way, I never prayed about it. Because I failed to budget or pray, I often found myself in over my head. I wish I could smack some sense into that girl I used to be. Thank goodness for God and Dave Ramsey! I am no longer one who pays Stupid Tax.
Jesus warned of this too. Now, this verse is pulled from Jesus’ teaching about the cost of discipleship. But the wisdom is multifaceted. “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” (Luke 14:28). And from here, I want to turn to Matthew 6:33. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
When we’re making plans, God’s will must be first in our hearts and minds. We have to prayerfully consider His direction and let Him lead. Otherwise, we end up with a half-finished tower because we didn’t properly plan or seek His guidance. Or, we find ourselves in over our head paying Stupid Tax with our money, time, and talent.
Now, all that said, I confess, I can be really bad about getting ahead of God. I wrote about it the other day. I’m like the little kid at the zoo who is in such a hurry to see all the exhibits, she leaves her Father behind. And other people take the other extreme. They stay in a place, paralyzed by indecision. They don’t know which way to step.
There’s a happy medium though. If we’re committed to God’s will, and we’ve prayed about it, we can’t be afraid to take the first step. If we start to go in the wrong direction, we can trust that God will close doors and turn us around. And we can’t be afraid to pace ourselves. We can trust in God’s timing even when it doesn’t line up with ours.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His provision. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be a good steward of all God has blessed you with. Ask Him to show you His will before you go off on your own and find yourself ill-equipped to continue.
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