“Save your best striving for seeking My face.”

March 8, 2013 | Tags: ,

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Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:33-34 NLT

This quote from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional this morning gave me the breath of fresh air I desperately needed–“Save your best striving for seeking My face.” Sometimes we can get so caught up in our responsibilities, even the responsibilities God is calling us to, and forget the bigger picture. This devotional, plus my daily reading this morning in Ecclesiastes, brought me back to God. I needed to be brought back. I needed to remember this journey is not about me, it is about Jesus.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote, “Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things” (Ecc. 11:5 NLT). In addition, he concluded, “But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad” (Ecc. 12:12-14 NLT).

We think our lives and activities mean so much. But in the end, it is God who determines these things. We are to walk in humble submission to Him, obeying Him where He calls us, then leave the rest in His hands. We are to enjoy the good things He blesses us with and not get so worried about the things completely out of our control. God is big enough to handle all of it. Honestly, isn’t that just the biggest relief?

I’ll conclude with one of my favorite Psalms. It says it all.

Lord, my heart is not proud;
    my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
    or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
    like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
    Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
    now and always.

-Psalm 131 NLT

By Courtney Silberman

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