Devotion for May 6
By Bryan Chapell

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). 

In my senior year of college, I thought that I had to make a decision whether to pursue broadcast journalism or to attend law school. The more I prayed, the more I recognized I was evaluating my choices solely by how much fame or fortune I could achieve. My Christian principles were hardly in view.

A wise friend suggested that I “briefly” attend seminary in order to study God’s Word and get my priorities back in order. I’ll confess, I went largely because he offered a scholarship that appealed to my pride. Yet, I still I had regrets that I was losing ground in my career.

But God is good. The Holy Spirit took me down a path I had never considered. Soon I was learning and sharing the treasures of God’s Word – and seeing it change hearts. 

By God’s grace, on that ministry path I met my wife, led historic churches, raised a godly family, became a leader of the same seminary I once hesitated to attend, and see grandchildren on the same path.

When we follow the paths that God marks for us, there may be challenges – but no regrets. By seeking his kingdom’s priorities first, all that is most dear to our hearts will ultimately be granted according to God’s wisdom and love. 

Father, as I look to the future, help me to be guided by the priorities of your Word and Spirit. Where I have forgotten or neglected them, remind me of the grace in your heart that will make me want to seek you first.

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