Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Seek. We often liken seeking something to simply looking for something. And, although, there is truth to be found in that, it goes so much deeper. In merely looking we often wait until that thing or person presents itself to us, leaving us free to make the choice to take it or leave it. It's like looking for a job, seeing a Help Wanted sign in the window, but then not going in to fill out the application. We looked. May have found. Yet, we gained nothing.
So, then, what does it truly mean to seek?
The Life Application Study Bible (LASB) defines it as "to search for; request; to aim for or try (to find something or someone.)" Therefore, if we insert those words into the beginning of the above verse, it would read, "search for the kingdom of God above all else; request the kingdom of God above all else; to aim for or try to find the kingdom of God above all else." Or, we might even say, "search for the kingdom of God BEFORE you do anything at all."
Including those pesky New Years' Resolutions. Yes, even those.
Before you resolve...seek.
Before you join that exercise group...seek.
Before you volunteer for that charity...seek.
Before you quit that job or take that job...seek.
Before you take out that loan or give a loan...seek.
Before you write that book, go on a missions trip, get married, or unmarried...seek.
Before you say yes to one more thing...seek.
The Message translates Matthew 6:33 like this: "Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions."
To steep means to douse, submerge, or immerse. As a tea bag is to a steaming cup of water, so should my soul be to the will of my Father. Immerse me in God-truth. Douse me in God-ambition. Submerge me in God-supply. Ahhhh, now there's a resolution I can stick to!
The LASB continues with stating that "to make the Kingdom of God your primary concern means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don't actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life."
Resolve to let God, and God only, into that first place position. Don't miss out on God's best for you by settling for your own version of "good." Seek, search, request, aim for and try to find him before committing to that one thing you want to add or take away.
In Proverbs 3:6 we learn that God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than we are! We must trust him completely in every choice we make. In every decision, every choice, every resolution.
Now, where's that quickly filling up calendar? I need to make a daily appointment with Advisor.