“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33)

OUR GPS ALLOWS US TO CHOOSE VARIOUS ROUTES. Just for fun, my husband and I once used the device on familiar roads, telling it to direct us to our home using the shortest route. We were amazed when the device directed us home by way of a dirt mountain road. We shuddered to think what someone unfamiliar with the area might experience if a GPS led them on such a bumpy ride.

Jesus told His followers to seek first His kingdom and that God would provide the good things they needed for life, such as food and clothing. We sometimes worry about getting the good things, and we ask God to lead us to them by way of the shortest, smoothest path. For instance, we want patience, so we pray that it will be poured into us like milk from a pitcher. Instead, the Lord may lead us into situations that develop our patience by giving us a rebellious child or a difficult neighbor. It’s a bumpier route, but it’s the best route because God has chosen it for us.

Perhaps He wants us to meet certain people along the way. Perhaps He wants our lives to show off His power and sufficiency in challenging situations. According to Jesus, if we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, He will provide everything we need for this life.

Seek God’s help for a difficult situation you face.

Shirley Brosius writes from Millersburg, Pennsylvania. She is enjoys reading, walking, and playing board games with her five grandchildren.

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