"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
In every area of your life, what you seek first sets up what's next. How you start can positively or negatively effect your perspective of what comes next.
God wants to be first in your life. He wants to be the first thing that you seek. He wants to be first, because He knows what's next. He knows that you can't always control what happens to you. When you seek Him first, you set yourself up to react well to what comes next.
When you seek God before anything else, whatever else happens is within the right context. You are placing your circumstances within the context of a God that is with us through our ups and downs.
This is why Scripture is so full of seeking God first. In nearly every facet of your life, God wants to be first.
When you seek God first thing in the morning you are placing your day in His hands. Whether your car breaks down, you lose your job, or your kid throws up on the way to school; your circumstances are placed in the context of a caring God. When you seek God at the first of the week through church, you're setting your week up for success. Whatever happens next may be out of your control, but it's within the control of an all powerful God. When you seek God first in your finances through tithing, you're giving God control of providing for you. Tithing takes the provision out of your hands and places it into the hands of the God that owns everything anyway.
Seeking God first places everything that happens next in His hands, not your own.
How are you going to start this year seeking God? The way you start can set a positive or negative context for what's next. What will your context be?