The psalmist wrote, "Early will I seek You". Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark. Jesus arose early in the morning Himself to go be alone and pray. There is something about that early morning connection with the Lord before life wakes up to meet you.
"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
While lifting up your heart and soul to the Lord first thing is important, that is not what is triggering in me as I read this verse today. If I were to wake up early and spend an hour or so in prayer and seeking the Lord, does this fulfill my obligation in seeking Him first? Do I see it as an obligation? Am I free to seek other things the rest of the day, because I already punched my prayer/Bible time clock?
I am in no way insinuating that all who choose to have intimate time with the Lord first thing in the morning will see it as a box that is checked off of a to-do list. However, I personally want to take inventory and examine myself this morning. I want to make sure that "seeking Him first" isn't about a time schedule.
I believe with all of my heart that to truly seek Him, His kingdom, and His righteousness first means to do so throughout every moment and every decision of my day...of my life. To make sure that I acknowledge my God in all of my ways, knowing that lifting up my "eyes" in the search for His ways will cause Him to make mine straight.
This is when He proves that I don't have to worry about the stuff that is worried about, because I remember that He will provide. This is when "all these things" don't concern anymore...because my life has become all about seeking Him.
Father, I don't want to just seek You first thing in the morning, I want to seek You first thing in my consciousness always. In every decision, as well as in every moment of free time. It is a joy to seek You... because You said that if we seek, we will find. In Jesus' Name. Amen.