By Sarah Wood
Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
It’s always been quite fascinating to me to discover the many facets of our God. He promises that the more we seek Him, the more we will discover who He is. This is the beauty and benefit of being in a relationship with our Creator.
But perhaps the most intriguing thing about Him, is that no matter what we do or how hard we try, He is so much more than us.
I don’t know about you, but my capacity is quite limited, especially when it comes to relating to others all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I can’t meet every single one of their needs. Often I want to be there every moment and help in every problem, but I can’t. God can and will fill in the gaps, when we choose to place Him first and trust his authority as God.
God is all knowing.
This may come as a surprise, but sometimes I am literally at a loss on how to best communicate with my husband and kids. Shocked, I know! We all come in a smorgesboard of different personality types, enneagram numbers, and various love languages. The bottom line is sometimes I have zero idea on how to “get through” to my son, communicate with my husband, or relate to my friend going through a difficult season. The amazing thing is God does. He knows each person fully, completely, and intimately, and knows exactly what they need. When we can surrender and humbly admit to God, “we just don’t know”, He can bless us with his wisdom. We can trust Him with our loved ones because He knows all.
God is all present.
I want to be there for my closest friends and family all the time. I want to protect my children from every pain and danger. I want to help those that suffer. And quite frankly, it would be nice to be four places at one time!
But I simply can’t.
And God not only can, but He IS there. He is able to minister to anyone at any time no matter the circumstance. I can rest because I know He is present with those I love when I am there and when I’m not.
God is all powerful.
We know God is mighty. He is the constant, steady, strong rock in our lives. We can lean on Him as often or as hard as we want and He will not move or grow weary. His strength is not limited, it is limitless. He can be trusted to be sturdy when we or our loved ones are hurting. We can and should run to Him when there is a storm.
In these three things, God brings life-giving power into our relationships when we put Him first.
Sure, that sounds poetic, but how can we practically place God first in our relationships? These are some thoughts that God has shown me.
1. Pray. Just simply pray. When a friend says they need prayer for a test, stop and pray with them. When your child is hurt by a classmate at school, pray with them. When your spouse is frustrated with work, pray with them. Last year, my friend was encouraging someone through text for a week straight. While their friend was still struggling, her family went on vacation with the promise that she wouldn’t text or be glued to her phone the entire time. Throughout the vacation, in the back of her mind, she was concerned for that friend who “needed” her but she wasn’t able to text. Instead she prayed for her. When she returned from vacation, her friend was completely different! Because she prayed rather than consoling her friend, her friend’s entire mindset and situation shifted because her friend relied fully on God.
2. Read the Word. Find scriptures that speak to their situation and send it to them. Read the word together. This is life-giving and life changing! When my friend was dealing with health issues, I searched for scriptures to send her. I wasn’t able to take away her pain, but I was able to share healing verses and encourage her to hold on to God’s promises. Two weeks later, she was healed! And our friendship grew even stronger.
3. Serve one another in love. Oh this one! We know God’s power is limitless. Yet by 5:00pm (okay fine, some days 2:00pm) my energy is zapped and I’m debating another cup of coffee. I’m usually not my happiest, and the people I love the most are driving me bonkers. This is an opportunity to love because He first loved us; to serve my family out of love for God and His love for me. This is also the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones that when you’re tired, and don’t want to do anything, love is what spurs you on. Just like it did for Jesus.
Seeking God first is not only a personal promise to claim for ourselves, but one available to our community of loved ones. When we seek Him together in our relationships, God can interject health and cause them to flourish!
Sarah is a Florida girl living minutes from the ocean. She loves Jesus, local, delicious foodie joints, and embarking on little adventures with her crew. She is a wife to Sam, and a mommy to three awesome kiddos. She spends her days pouring into her church, sipping coffee, reading, jogging (she likes to think of it as running), and finding time to escape to the beach. She is honored to be a part of this life-giving community! Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!