April 21 Seeking God First

Scripture reading: Matthew 14:14–21

Key verse: John 6:26

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.”

How many times have you thought: I wish God would bless me? Maybe those words came to you when you were asking God to answer a specific prayer or when you sensed some type of adversity approaching. There are many different ways to receive God’s blessings, but most often we think of it from a material sense. The people who followed Jesus did the same thing.

After feeding the five thousand, Jesus exposed this materialistic attitude: “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled” (John 6:26). Many followed the Lord in order to receive something. Their eyes were set on seeing miracles and material provisions. But Jesus wanted them to see Him as the Bread of Life in whom all their needs would be met.

The greatest of all God’s blessings has nothing to do with material wealth and social position, and everything to do with the closeness of His presence. That was why He instructed His disciples by saying, “Seek Me first, and all these things will be added to you.”

Are your eyes set on the Savior because of what He provides or because you love Him? The test of true love is this: abiding with the One you love regardless of anything else. Learn to love Him and Him alone; then all your cares will be satisfied.

Dear Lord, I am not seeking things. I am not pursuing blessings. I am seeking You and You alone.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 116). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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