Van and I stood on the concrete foundation, surrounded by bare drywall. We turned around slowly, filled with ideas. Together we planned where to put a sofa, whether the dining room table should go in this space or that one. “We need enough space to invite people over,” we agreed. Space to host a Life Group. “We might even start a neighborhood Bible study,” Van suggested. Because one of the desires of our hearts is to have a home that honors God. And we know the only way to do that is to seek God first. Before we place a single stick of furniture anywhere. Or invite our first guests for dinner, we must seek God.
But too often, I relegate God to a time slot. That ten or twenty or sixty minutes I spend with Him in the morning. Sure I read His Word. Highlight what stands out to me. Ask God to guide me through the day. And then…off I go. Distracted like a four-year-old at Toys R Us. It’s as though I only seek God when I sit at my desk with my Bible open.
The rest of the day, I seek what I want, when and how I want it. I make a decision on the spot. Argue with Van. Let the irritation at the person talking on their phone stopped in the middle of the grocery store aisle creep into my voice. The person I try to please the most is me.
Not at all what I say I want to do. So how do I seek God first? Keep Him at the forefront of my thoughts so my actions and attitudes are His instead of mine? Jeremiah 29: 12-14 tells me exactly what to do:
Then you will call upon me and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.
The first thing I need to do is get rid of the then. Then (after I realize my own way isn’t working and I need help) you will call upon me and pray to me. Before I do anything-say a word, make a decision-I call on God and pray to Him. Right where I am. In the middle of the grocery store or at the dinner table.
God listens. Even when I go my own way, He waits for me to call to Him. He listens for me and, when I pray, He pays close attention. I can pray any time of the day or night. Instead of complaining about the woman on her cell phone, I should ask God for patience. When I have a decision to make, God promises He’ll grant me wisdom. All I have to do is ask. If I really want my home to be a place where we gather to learn more about God, I need to call on Him and let Him work out the details.
Prayer to Seek God Wholeheartedly
God, I call on You. I entreat you to hear me. As I go about my day-to-day business today, let me seek You first. Thank You that You hear me. You never hide from me when I seek You with all of my heart. May every single thing I do today start with You. Amen
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