3rd & 4th June
“Seek the Kingdom of God above else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Jesus promised us, earlier in Matthew chapter 6, that if He clothed the lilies of the fields, that are here today and gone tomorrow, more beautifully than Solomon in all of his splendour, and if He cares so much about our needs, then we have no need to worry. Again, Jesus encouraged us to pray for His provision in the ‘Lord’s prayer’….. ‘Give us this day our daily bread!’ BUT, Jesus’ point was never that we should go after material things or that material things should be where are comfort and security are. Yes He is our ‘Provider’, yes he is our ‘Jehovah Jireh’ and yes He gives us all we need, but our hope is not in the ‘daily bread’ of life but in the One who gives it! Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, when tempted by the enemy, that ‘people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God!’
It is in Jesus that we find the sustenance of life. It is in Jesus and in His words, that we find strength to keep going. It is in Him, that our hope is found. It is when we seek the Kingdom of God above all else, when we live righteously, that we can truly have life in all its fullness. ‘Bread’, ‘material things’, they will fade away, but it is the Good Word of God that will endure. Seek to feed your soul, not your belly! Seek to grow His Kingdom in and out of your heart, not seek to build your own empire. Of course, pray for His provision, but seek His Kingdom above all.