February 10, 2016

Two Places


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  ~ Matthew 6:33

I asked myself these two questions when I recently examined what guides me as I navigate life. What goes on within me? What goes on around me? I decided to break it down and take a closer look.
    
What goes on within me?
Faith
God
    
What goes on around me?
The world
Circumstances

I asked myself again, “What truly guides me in this world I live in?” I stand by faith in a faithful God instead of being stuck in circumstances and controlled by them. Circumstances can have so much sway on us if we aren’t standing firm with God.

The First Place is where my heart lives. The First Place is where I stand by faith instead of standing stuck in my circumstances. The First Place is a place of faithfully trusting God and trusting that every single detail will come together as He has planned, as I have trusted it will because of Him, and because of my relationship with Him, knowing my circumstances have been covered with prayer, and knowing wisdom and guidance have been sought.
    
The Second Place is this world we live in, and it is a world of circumstances that swirl constantly around us. There are often pressures and struggles with the things of this world, some are normal everyday things, others are unexpected challenges… and we must navigate through it all, often uncertain about what to do and which choice to make.
    
It comes down to standing firm in the First Place. When we stand in a place of faith, the circumstances this world takes us through are resolved as God works to accomplish His will. Prayer is answered.  God is in control. He is far superior to the circumstances of this life in which we are entangled. He untangles things, straightens them out, and shows us His power and strength.
    
When I seek Him first—this is how I stand firm in the First Place.

Additional verses: Psalm16:11, Psalm 25:4-5, Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5, 1 John 5:4