The Christian Public Servant – “pause to seek Him first”

September 13, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading
Matthew 6:33-34 [KJV] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Reflection
Ever run out of work to do? Me neither. The work keeps coming and coming. One day, with everything hitting me at once, I found myself about to turn in a project report that wasn’t as polished and complete as it should have been. With a quick prayer for guidance, the Holy Spirit prompted me to remember today’s scripture. I knew I had given the project my best, but I also knew my best was not enough. And so, I decided to sleep on it.

The next morning, refreshed with prayer and private time with our Lord, I reread the memo from my supervisor. Turns out, my stress caused me to misread it. The project report wasn’t due for another week! God refocused me because I gave pause to seek Him first.

You and I face daily deadlines, along with insufficient time and limited resources for completion of assignments and tasks. Regardless of the kind of workplace, the stress and anxiety can really build up. We need to take time and give pause to seek Him first. We must be mindful that God will provide for our needs in the workplace, just as He does in all other realms of our lives.

As you begin work today, do not stress and do not fear what may come later in the day or even tomorrow. Just give pause to seek Him first and the right things will be added to your day!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for providing my needs each day. Grant me faith to continue to trust You first before I focus on the problem or issue at hand. Give me peace knowing You are always with me – including in my workplace – and You will continue to meet my needs. I know You will never leave me nor forsake me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

TaQuesha Brandon, MPA
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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