“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Many believers today are weighted down with worries and concerns. Some even believe that worrying is a good thing, but that is not the case. It is God’s desire that we have peace and to trust in his provision, plans, solutions to our problems. Worrying only produces anxiety, stress and health problems. I understand that we are not totally free from having worry in our lives, but we do have a heavenly Father who cares about our needs. The biggest obstacle to overcoming worry is to have our priorities straight. We clearly see that God desires that we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). A lot of times when we are struggling with worry, we become so entrapped in our problems that we cannot see beyond our mountain. We cannot see that if we turn and seek God and His goodness that He can give us peace through the storm if we have faith to believe that He cares for us. How can you know if your Heavenly Father cares for you unless you spend time with Him and come to know His character and His goodness? When we seek first His Kingdom, we find out what His plans and will is for our lives. We also come to know what He desires from us and how we can serve Him. When we seek His righteousness, we are seeking the fullness of being right standing and forgiven with God our Father, because we understand that Jesus His Son has given us righteousness through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Now we have access to the Father and can come boldly before the throne of grace to ask for what we need (Hebrews 4:16).
Jesus told us that our heavenly Father who is in heaven knows what we have need of (Matthew 6:32). He also tells us that he clothes the fields and feeds the birds who don’t sow nor gather food (Matthew 6:28-30). He also tells us that if we being evil give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us good things to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:7-11). But how can we believe that God loves us so much that He cares for everything unless we truly know His character and that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We must receive Him as our Lord and Savior and believe that He is the Son of God, died for our sins, rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father. That is our starting point of beginning a relationship with God. As we spend time in the word of God, we begin to see who He is, His loving character and what His plans for our lives. We learn to trust and have faith and hope in Him. He tells us if we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Praying today that you will truly seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and grow in your relationship.