Seek the Kingdom of God First

Daily God Walk for Sunday, August 14, 2011

 Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:33-34

 There is a lot a person could worry about today. The economy is in trouble; unemployment is at a high point; government seems to be unable to change the course of things; the world seems about to go up in flames as whole regions are at war. And besides all of that we are using up our natural resources at an incredible rate with little concern for future generations. Add to that the threat of global warming and we have plenty to worry about.

In the middle of all that Jesus said, “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” (v31-32). He goes on to tell us that when we seek his kingdom first we will not only see the kingdom of heaven being manifest but he gives us the rest also.

My wife and I have been in the group of people who live from paycheck to paycheck so long that it seems to be a normal way of life. We do not begrudge that at all because it is the lifestyle we have chosen. When we were first married we promised each other that the kingdom of God would come first in our lives and anything we did to make money would be considered the provision of God for food, clothing, housing and other necessities of life. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been blessed.

The danger of living this way is that if we aren’t truly living by faith then any misstep could be disastrous. The blessing is that as we live by faith God always provides. I would much rather live not knowing what I would do if we didn’t get the next paycheck and trusting God to provide than to live in abundance and lose my sense of dependence upon God for provision.

Are you seeking God’s kingdom first? Or does trusting God come after you have secured your food, clothing, etc.? It might be time to give that some prayerful consideration.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to trust you I all things. Amen.

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