There are many things in our lives that matter to us; our family, friends, career, health, and the list can go on. But at the end of the day, there is only one thing that matters and that is God. As we set our hearts on God, all other things that matter to us will be taken care of. Set your heart on what matters.
I have needs just like you. I spent weeks fasting and praying but it had a lot to do with looking for God to do miracles through me and in my situation. Breakthrough was needed in my situation, but without me realizing my heart was set on His hands and not His face.
The Holy Spirit convicted my heart as I read Psalm 27:4 which was written by David:
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
David had many needs and was going through so many struggles. King Saul was after his life, yet David made one request to God – it wasn’t to be raised up as a king, nor for provision and safety or for any other need He may have had. His request was to simply be in God’s presence and to gaze upon His beauty.
David’s heart was after God alone.
Was my heart after God alone? Not completely.
My heart was too focused on my needs. I forgot the most important thing that my heart needed which was God. I lost the joy of His presence because I was too focused on what I lacked. I needed to remember that I have all I need in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 reminds us, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
As we set our hearts on God, all our needs will be met.
Jesus is all we need and everything else comes secondary after Him. Many times we put our needs over Jesus. Maybe you’re thinking you need that boyfriend to make your life better, or you need success to feel good about yourself. The truth is you just need Jesus. He is the source of love, joy, affirmation, peace, comfort and any other need you may have.
Your needs should only be pointing you to Jesus.
It can be easy to focus on what Jesus can do through us and for us that we miss Jesus himself. I was caught up with seeking the miracles of Jesus that I forgot the greatest miracle of all which is His love for us. He died on the cross for our sins and was raised back to life to redeem us. He loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).
If Jesus was willing to go that far to die for us, will He not meet our needs today?
God is a good father and will take care of our needs. He wants us to learn to put Him first and to love Him not for what He can do for us but simply for more of Him.
Matthew 6:33 reminds us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
May we be like David, whose only request was to dwell in the presence of God and gaze at His beauty. It’s ok to be asking God for a breakthrough, but ultimately our hearts must be set on Him.
David says in Psalm 27:8,”..Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
For what reasons have you been seeking God lately? Is your heart set on your needs or on God?
Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you anything that is hindering your heart from being pure before Him.
Make Psalm 139:23-24 your prayer to the Lord: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
As you set your heart on God, He will quiet all the worries of this world and bring you in a place of complete joy and stillness. So remember, set your heart on what matters.
Prayer: Lord, I trust that as I set my heart on you, all my needs will be met.