“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. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33
Due to our human nature, we all tend to stress and worry in the midst of any difficult situation. In moments of crisis, our minds are prone to consider common questions such as: “Will I be able to have enough money to support my family?” “Will I be able to find a good job?” “Will I be able to afford money for gas?”
Although this type of thinking may seem normal in our minds, it is not the correct form of thinking for someone who is born again; in other words, for a child of God. The Bible teaches us that we should not worry about our daily needs. Even though we are aware of this, the constant preoccupation and anxiety in the midst of our difficult circumstances seem to overpower us. It takes over our thinking and we begin to wonder aimlessly, without a plan. All we do is mediate on how bleak and hopeless our situation seems and we begin to confess negative words which ultimately lead us towards a dead end.
Prayer begins to seem tedious because we do not know how to pray. The truth is that if we placed a tape recorder to tape the prayers of the majority of believers, we would find that 90% of prayer time would be spent on desperately asking for our daily needs, 5% of the time would be spent asking for the things that we desire to obtain from the Lord, 3% of the time to pray for others, 1% to praise and worship God, and finally a 1% to thank Him.
In the gospel of Matthew 6:31-33, Jesus teaches us that as sons and daughters of God, we should not allow worry and anxiety to invade our minds and keep us captive.
In fact, worry is a sin because the cause of worry in reality is a strong lack of faith. The Bible states that anything that does not come from faith is sin (Romans 14:23). If we read carefully, Jesus encourages us to not worry or be anxious about anything because our heavenly Father knows exactly what we need.
We can give every type of excuse for our worries but the reality is that we do not have faith. We do not believe that our heavenly Father takes care of us. Preoccupation and stress stem from our lack of faith, and our lack of faith are a result of not knowing our Father, His promises, and His unfailing mercies which are new every morning.
Jesus said: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness… To seek God’s kingdom implies what the Apostle Paul stated when he said to seek the things from above and not the things from this earth (Colossians 3:2). Moreover, this also means to have a strong yearning for God, to seek the presence of His Holy Spirit, and to desire to know more about the Word of God in order to know Him more and His incredible promises.
When we seek God’s kingdom first before anything else, we are making the King of Kings and Lord of Lords a priority in our lives. In addition, when we seek God’s kingdom first like Jesus taught us, we will begin to see things as God sees them. Our faith will grow stronger and we will completely place our trust upon Him to the point where all of our fears will disappear and in the middle of our troubles we will have our security in Him
King David was aware of this great truth that faith and trust can only come when we delight ourselves in the presence of the Lord. For this reason he wrote in Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Delighting ourselves in His presence will consolidate our faith in Him and simultaneously will grant us all of our requests.
Therefore, we can confidently say that seeking God’s kingdom first will allow us to keep our eyes fixed on Him and our hearts full of faith and trust. When we delight ourselves in the wonderful presence of the Almighty, we will notice that all anxiety will disappear, all fear will be removed, and finally God’s powerful hand will move and He will meet all of our necessities.
May our minds be renewed in His presence with this amazing reality. Our Father knows what we need even before we ask so let us have faith. Let us be able to confidently say: “If His eye is on the sparrow, I know He watches me!” Amen!