Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
God is speaking to us in so many ways, but on this first day of a New Year, I just want to sense that He is first. Above everything else. If I observe, I will see Him, I will hear Him, I will follow Him. I think He wants us to recognize Him first so that everything else falls into proper order. He is God of order and purpose. Genesis 2 tells us that we are given the task of subduing the earth and everything in it. He also tells us that He has a great purpose for each of us. That is enough to set our course, to give us correct motivation.
Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.