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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Seek ye good things? Seek them not.



Two weeks ago, while reading my bible I came across a verse I haven’t been able to shake. In Jeremiah 45 vs. 5, The Lord gives Jeremiah a word specifically for his scribe, Baruch. “Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them.”

 

Whoa, mind blown. 


At first glance it may not seem that impactful but look at it again.

 

“Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them . . . (Jeremiah 45 vs. 5).”

 

During the time Baruch lived, a person’s connection to a certain prophet or teacher of the word was also an opportunity to climb in social standing. Though Jeremiah was a faithful servant, never once compromising on the message God had given him, he was despised for it. I imagine being Jeremiah’s assistant didn’t make Baruch very popular. We do not know what was in the heart of Baruch but we do know the message given to him. Essentially, the question posed to him by The Lord was: Are you in pursuit of worldly honor and gain? What is your motive? And Because God is omniscient, He knew the answer, so he responded to Baruch: cease your laboring.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE?

 

If you’ve read any of my previous post, particularly The promise before the process or my story, you know I’ve been on a Journey. After receiving a promise from The Lord, I eagerly waited and expected the fulfillment of that promise, though I didn’t yet fully understand that Christ is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

I’ve had many ups and downs during my wait (which I’m still in though further along) before I finally understood. I was seeking after great things and not seeking The Lord Almighty, whom all good things come from. Of course, I didn’t know I was guilty of making my dreams and desires idols, however from the moment I did, I ceased my laboring. I learned to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.’ Not for earthly gain, which God provides for his children, but because God is good and worthy to be praised. Because Jesus bore my sins on the cross and set me free from death, I will live to glorify Him and not myself.

 

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all else shall be added unto you (Matthew 6 vs. 33).”

 

With my mind full of this scripture and how deeply it resonates with my past and as a reminder to seek God not treasures, I had a conversation with a believer ready to give up on her faith. The young woman confessed her faith walk has centered around this thing she desires; she’s been waiting a number of years for its fulfillment and has now reached the end of her rope. At the end of that conversation she remained resolute in that her faith was dependent on receiving this thing.   

 

I think many of us are praying to God for things and not for a relationship. Scripture tells us, we cannot serve two masters at the same time: Jehovah Jireh, God will provide. We can’t seek Christ if we’re seeking great things. “Be not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. What a man sows he shall reap.” If you chase after things you might get them but you’ll have them without the relationship but if you seek Christ with a sincere heart no good thing (in God’s will) will The Lord withhold from you.

 

“So do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or ‘what shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6 vs. 31-33).”

 

I left that conversation saddened yet encouraged to communicate this: “Seek God not great things.” God knows our needs better than we do and He is prepared to meet and exceed them. Don’t allow your dreams to become your idol or cause you to run without moving. Instead, Seek Christ with assured faith and watch Him increase you spiritually and naturally.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts about your experiences with personal idols and choosing to seek great things. Please Like, comment, pin, and share.

 

Thank you for reading, and may the peace of Christ, that surpasses all understanding abide in you. 

 

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