Hymn Series #90 - Seek Ye First

by Yeargin May. 15, 2013 2461 views

Alternate Title: Late Night Thoughts

Hymn Project - #90 Seek Ye First
A simple, yet poignant hymn, Seek Ye First is based upon Matthew 6:33-34, listed below (NIV)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Tonight before class, I decided to consume some Dunkin Donuts coffee in hopes of staying alert through 3 hours of lecturing. The duration of the class is nothing new; in fact I??ve done this for almost 3 years and rarely required caffeine. However, my newest professor seems to speak at hummingbird speed, making tonight??s coffee decision seem even more legitimate.

It seems the coffee worked, as I made it through the lecture and still cannot seem to shut down my brain. Of course, the quality of the thoughts rushing through my head doesn??t currently rival the quantity. Regardless, one thought continually rose to the top.

-If I??m honestly and earnestly seeking the kingdom, how long until everything gets added?-

I know, it seems ridiculous to ask a question so self-centered and whiny, but the reality of my faith ?? sometimes what I like most, is its honesty. So much of my effort, especially in school and work, is focused on setting and reaching milestones as I progress through life. The reality of the matter is that milestones are useful, but my ideal timing is nearly always incorrect.

The Bible doesn??t promise great wealth, intelligent offspring, high-powered jobs, or a sweet car. The characters in the Bible don't have trouble free lives. Many times, the promise is the reality of looming trouble, struggle, and heartache. The beauty of this promise is the solution.

In John 16:33, Jesus says
??I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.?

2 Peter 3:9 says:
??The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.?

So what is the moral of the story? I couldn??t honestly put it better than Philippians 4:6
??Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.?

The pictures are simply of a tangible symbol of time ?? an old fashioned, wind-up decimal timer. I??ll keep seeking, trusting that the plan will be revealed in due time. For now, I??ll try and sleep.

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