Matt. 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

How dependent are you upon God? Stop and really think about it for a moment. As Christians, we like to think that we rely fully on Him, and on Sunday mornings we might even—with all sincerity—sing hymns and songs that express our dependence on Him. However, the evidence is found not in what we say or sing but in our thoughts, actions, and attitudes.

What is your first reaction when a problem arises? Do your worry and fret, find your own solution, or go from friend to friend seeking advice? Are you fearful about the future or quick to complain about your circumstances?

While fear is a natural response and there’s nothing wrong with seeking wise counsel, when we do these things to the exclusion of pursuing God first (Matt. 6:33), it’s usually an indicator that we’re struggling to trust the Lord. Thankfully, we can grow in dependence on Him, but the path that leads there may be surprising. We arrive where God wants us to be, not by trying harder but by learning to know the Lord more fully through His Word.

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