Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” NASB
In the last devotional, we focused on “Seek Ye First” and discussed that the seeking was to be above everything in object and before anything in time. In Matthew 6, Jesus has given a detail of benefits and promises the believer can expect from God and then in our text verse He commands or instructs us to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. That gives us an objective or a target for the beginning of our day and a guide for our lives.
The next part of that sentence or directive contains the promise that ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to us. What things? All the things He has been discussing in the preceding verses. Those include God’s blessings for acts of righteousness done for right purposes and with the right spirit. Blessings for giving in charitable acts and gifts, which infuses the truth taught in Luke 6 where Jesus promised, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” (Luke 6:38). Those alone would be or should be ample reasons to heed His instructions and desire His kingdom and Righteousness.
But, our LORD does not limit the promises with those two things but offers the hope of answers to our prayers if we pray for right purposes and do not succumb to the warning found in James 4:3-4 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
In our LORD’S pattern of prayer, we find numerous benefits of ‘seeking first’ God and His Kingdom. His will done in our lives and in our world is a powerful enticement to seek Him. The daily provision of that which we need is also powerful as is the incredible promise of forgiveness and guidance as we pray, seek Him, submit to Him, and practice forgiveness. As we forgive others, the Father forgives us but if we harbor grudges we stand outside the mercy and grace of God.
He speaks of the benefits and power of fasting coupled with prayer and the dismantling of the fear of the future as He speaks of laying up treasures in the right places and for the right purposes. No, He is not telling us to not be frugal and proactive in our planning for the future, but not make that our source and focus. The promise is God’s provision, protection, guidance, and anointing. We find deliverance from the fear of death and realize that God cares for the flowers, trees, plants, and animals. The directive and promise are, “If He does that for them, how much more will He do it for you?”
Jesus called attention that undue or developing a fear that controls us regarding our future and provisions is a characteristic of those who do not know Him. In contrast a believer rests in the confidence and knowledge that the Father knows what we need, even before we make our petition to Him and provides. That is the foundation of our lives and we need to recall the amazing declaration of Jesus in Luke 12:32 – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” God wants to provide for, care for, protect, guide, empower, and embolden us.
The door to those benefits is found in the verse of our text, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to you.” (Emphasis mine). If we are living in lack, SEEK FIRST. If we are struggling in peace, SEEK FIRST. If we are facing obstacles and difficulties beyond our ability to comprehend, SEEK FIRST.
We may not know what tomorrow holds but we do know who holds our tomorrows. I urge you to make the decision to become a SEEKER and make it a priority in your life to begin every day Seeking First Him, His Kingdom, and His Righteousness.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!