Friday, 17th September 2021
By Chow Ee-Tan 赵一丹
Seek Ye First
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you – Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
This is one of the most well-known verses in the New Testament. We are also familiar with the song
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God’ that consists of the catchyHallelujah chorus’.
Personally, this verse speaks volumes to me. There had been times in my life that I asked God for something and I believed that He would fulfill my wish. Sometimes I got so desperate and prayed earnestly for it, as I thought that only He can and He will make it possible. Looking back, I think there were times when I had inadvertently treated God as a Genie.
A few years ago when I was again praying for something, this verse popped into mind. The Holy Spirit reminded me that instead of seeking after the things of my heart’s desire, I should be seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. And when I truly seek God first then things will fall into place, by His mercy and grace.
What does it mean by seeking God’s kingdom first? According to a devotion on this verse from devotableapp.com, it can mean at least three things:
Seek first the kingdom of God means trusting that He will take care of your needs, despite how things look. When Jesus talks about how the birds and the flowers are taken care of, how much more we can trust that God will take care of us – His children. We don’t need to worry about our cares or strive too hard to make something work according to our wishes. We simply need to trust that He will come through for us because He has said he would.
Seek first the kingdom of God means worshipping God in the middle places. Anxiety stems out of concern for the future, a form of control that says we need to have all the answers in order to feel safe. But true security lies in the middle place – before we see God come through and before we see the provision. We can worship God right where we are. If we approach God and believe that no matter what, He is God and we want to see His Kingdom come to earth, we can worship Him.
Seek first the kingdom of God means noticing the work that God is doing in our midst and partnering with Him. We should turn our attention outwards. Stop focusing on our needs and fear that God won’t provide (like I once did). We can take our eyes off that need and instead, look up and look around. And we will notice that God is already at work in us, in our family, in our community. We should ask Him how we can partner with Him to bring His Kingdom to the people around us.
When Jesus spoke this verse during the Sermon on the Mount, it was after telling His disciples not to worry and be anxious about anything in life, for God provides. Indeed, God is our loving Father. When we seek His Kingdom first, He promises that `all these things will be added to us’. “All these things’ do not mean our own personal desires but whatever that we need in this life, and whatever God knows that is good for us.
Now, whenever I have a desire in my heart, or an uncertainty in the future that I want to bring to the Lord, I am reminded of this verse. It also reminds me to keep the right perspective, that there is nothing on earth more important than seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. After all, our Heavenly Father knows us better than ourselves. So we can submit everything unto God and trust that He will provide, according to His will and His timing.
Prayer: Father God, I have sometimes magnified my worldly concerns and worries, and I have prayed and asked for things out of my own personal desires. Forgive me for my short-sightedness, and forgive me for my little faith. I want to commit myself to You again and I want to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. For I know that You love me and have my best interest in heart. Help me Holy Spirit to always put God first in my life, and the rest I will leave it to Him. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
先寻求神的国是什么意思？根据 devotableapp.com 对这节经文的解释，它至少可以意味着三件事：