Thursday, 26 November 2020
“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Luke 12:31 KJV
In the book of Matthew chapter 6, the word of God says that we ought to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and that all these other things shall be added unto us. This is one of the simplest and yet the hardest commands to keep. I say this because the second nature of every human being is to worry. We worry about a lot of different things on a daily basis, be it our health, wealth, families, jobs and any other thing we can think of that in our eyes gives us a sense of comfort or ease. We just simply worry! And who can really fault us for that? Our LORD, Jesus Christ knows this very well that our second nature is to worry. When we read the whole chapter 6 of Matthew, there is a portion that says; “Therefore take no thought [literally, “be not anxious”], saying, what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32 KJV). And it is quite amazing why our LORD would say all this before commanding us to seek first the Kingdom. He knew that because of our nature we were going to find it extremely hard to seek Him unless He had assured us that He knows what we need and is willing to provide.
The great business with which the disciples of the Lord Jesus had to be concerned about was to seek the kingdom of God, and nothing more. The Almighty calls us to seek first the kingdom of God instead of worrying about what we’ll eat, how we’ll dress — temporal or superficial concerns. There is nothing wrong with making our requests known to GOD regarding our needs/wants but that should not be the drive behind our seeking. Jesus teaches us that while there are a lot of things in life that seem to demand our time and attention, there is only one thing that truly deserves our time and attention. He teaches us that the kingdom of God needs to be the priority in our lives. There are other things in our lives but nothing as important, and nothing that we would put before the kingdom of God. This is the attitude that we ought to have when we seek GOD in prayer. Our seeking should never be motivated by our needs but rather by our hunger for GOD. It should never be about what GOD can do for us when we seek Him in prayer but rather a pursuit of a relationship with our Father. The blessings are already available for us, but we have no access to them unless through the Blesser. It is for us to seek the Blesser so that we can have access to what’s already available.
Our seeking should never be motivated by our needs but rather by our hunger for GOD