August 18th

Seek First the Kingdom

Matthew 6:31-33
Therefore take no thought, 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. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Put a Stop to Worry

It is difficult not to worry and be anxious about things. Yet Jesus taught against worry. He tells us not to take anxious thought about what we shall eat, drink, or wear, or that is, the provision of our needs. The whole world, He tells us, is running after all these things every day.

But Rather Seek ye the Kingdom of God

Yet Jesus gives us a divine alternative. He says “but” or “rather” or “instead of worrying” you seek, ahead of all else, the kingdom of God, and seek God’s righteousness, or His right ways, and God will provide those things that you’ve been worrying about.

The Kingdom of God is Within You

This is one of the Bible’s greatest promises. We seek the kingdom of God, and the LORD provides for us. But how do we seek the kingdom? Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within. The phrase “seek ye”, in the Greek concordance, means to seek to find out by thinking, meditating and reasoning. Seeking the kingdom is a journey of truth discovery. It is searching for hidden treasure, through meditation in the word of God.

We need to become treasure hunters. Get into the word of God. Find God’s promises for your situation, and ponder those promises, meditate in them, until they become real to your heart. Our part is to seek the kingdom through thinking about and meditating in God’s word. His part is to add all these things unto us. Let’s trust Him as we do our part, and He will be faithful to do His.