“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
How many times have I read that scripture? Yet this past week, it’s importance to me and my life grew exponentially. I was seeking answers and direction from God for both myself, and the magazine. He gave me this scripture and in one second, everything seemed to make sense, and the scripture itself grew in meaning.
If we look at the verses that precede it, the Bible talks about how we shouldn’t be anxious for anything. It talks about how God provides for all of His creation, and how much greater He will provide for His children. Yet despite knowing this deep down, we still worry. We worry about how the bills are going to be paid, how to put food on the table, how to provide for our children, and whether we are on the right path.
Our lives are frought with anxiety over things that we cannot control, and people that we are trying to please when the only one that we ever have to please is our Creator. Once we please Him, everything falls into place.
But how do we do that? How do we do that when there are conflicting voices in our heads?
It is interesting to note that the scripture itself begins with God promising to provide all of His children’s needs. It references the common concerns of man: food, clothing, and drink. The scripture’s exact words are:
“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Matthew 6:30-32
The Father knows our needs before we even ask and will supply our needs according to His riches. Yet we still doubt in our hearts our Father’s love for His children.
God continues in the next verse to say,
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11
Which proves He is a loving God because He provides us with the desires of our hearts, and furthermore, He gives his children good gifts because He loves us. He is a loving God who only wants the best for His children, and when we hurt, so does He.
Getting back to Matthew 6…..
Matthew 6:33 gives us the key to all of our woes. It is to seek first the kingdom of God.
After God tells us that He will provide all of our needs, and not to worry, He tells us that all we have to do, which is of great importance, is to seek Him first. Many of us know this verse, but do we really know it? Do we fully understand the importance of it and how it applies? Not only that, but do we understand why God said this? Once we understand this, we are beginning to understand why this is so fundamental to our journey.
If we look at how to seek God, we seek God by reading our Bible. Our Bibles contain help on every subject known to man. Those who claim that the Bible is irrelevant and outdated are wrong, because man’s issues transcend time, and so does the Bible which was meant for all time. Man’s issues haven’t changed, just our hearts towards our Saviour.
In reading our Bibles, we are seeking God for answers to our problems and acknowledging that He is in control. A wise man asks God for answers because if God knows us, and created us, then we have to acknowledge that He has an answer for what troubles us. Seeking God first gives us wisdom in how to overcome any situation, and God will use scripture to speak to you. Wisdom comes from reading our Bible because it teaches us how to be overcomers. It teaches us what to do when the enemy comes against us, and what to do when we are often faced with our own destruction. It comforts us, strengthens us, and brings us peace. It allows us to speak over a situation and gives us direction (because we KNOW what God’s promises are). There is power when you know what your Lord has promised you. When you know His promises, your faith grows, because when things don’t line up, you know who is behind it.
Reading your Bible eliminates the enemy’s power over you because you can hear and refute the lies. It will become, “no, because MY GOD SAYS….”.
When we seek God first, He moves mountains. When we seek Him first, He gives us wisdom in how to overcome any situation. He guides us, directs our steps, comforts and encourages us. We begin to hear His voice, know His presence, and know that He is always there. We learn that He is in control, and we learn the truth over our lives.
When we are armed with the truth, and believe it, the enemy has no power to confuse us. That is why we are told to put on the armor of God- it is to protect us. This is where “all things will be added unto you” comes in.
It pleases God when we walk with HIm, and when we seek Him above all else. He wants to be first in our lives, and scripture is very clear about that. When He isn’t first, and we aren’t reading our Bibles as we should, we fall prey to the enemy’s deception. We aren’t armed with the truth. However, when we seek Him- when we please Him- all things are added unto us.
How does this happen?
When we seek Him, we gain wisdom. When we gain wisdom, our soul prospers. When our soul prospers, we know how to defeat Satan. When we know how to defeat Satan, we strip him of any power he has over our lives to prevent us from moving forward. When we remove barriers to our success, nothing is standing in our way AND we are right with God.
The result? We prosper. We enter into a place of stability. Yet don’t be fooled and stop there, as we are still blessed to be a blessing. God still needs someone to fund the gospel, reach the lost, and do His work here on earth. He can use you mightily, but we need to realize that prosperity is not all about us- it’s meant to be shared. This is where we will find our greatest joy.
The beginning of wisdom is seeking God first in everything. In doing so, we allow God to guide our path, and we will learn how to be an overcomer. When our situation doesn’t line up to His word over our lives, we know how to pray. Our faith grows in the process, and there is a power in knowing that the enemy has no control over your life. It is not to say that we will not be tested, but is does say that we will know how to live victorious, overcome our circumstances, and go from glory to glory.
Then we can help others do the same.