Matthew 6:33 NKJV
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
I’ve been trying to adopt a God over everything mentality recently, to help develop my faith and strengthen my relationship with God.
This mentality involved:
-seeking God First before talking to a friend or companion
-pausing my thoughts to hear what God has to say
-pushing away my opinion and others opinions of a situation and searching the Bible to see what God has to say
-praying for God’s peace and the Holy Spirit’s presence before my mind takes over and is consumed with worry
So that’s what I’ve been doing, and…
It’s been working, scarily enough.
I know with God all things are possible, even little things like not listening to opinions and praying first are things he can help people with.
My youth pastor recently gave an amazing analogy about Faith. He said yes, Faith is believing, but as Christians we forget that Faith is also E X P E C T I N G.
I believed God would help me but I didn’t expect it, my lack of expectations may have hindered God from actually delivering on his promises and actually providing the help in the way I had imagined.
The analogy carries on to say, in London you have the bus app, so when you’re at a bus stop you expect the bus to arrive at the given time on the bus app. It’s no just a belief but it’s an expectation that the bus will arrive. AND that’s how we should view God, in everything, in our prayers, our daily lives, we should NOT just believe but we should also EXPECT God to do miraculous things, little things, helpful things, amazing works. We should Just expect God to show himself in all situations that we call him into.
So back to the Matthew 6:33. (I truly believe and know that the Bible was written so strategically, the syntax is perfect). So walk with me. We can break it down. We are first told to Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God. Not to see God after someone has given an opinion or after your thoughts have clouded your judgement. BUT to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God.
We have done this, so next? The verse also commands us to seek FIRST God’s righteousness, straight after. So we first seek God, AND his righteousness. We need to deep what Righteousness even means. To be righteous is to be morally right or justifiable, to be worthy, good, upright, upstanding and decent.
Hmm…aren’t these qualities we would need to have in situations that we may experience? After seeking God, we need to seek these qualities.
This is why I believe the Bible is so strategically laid out. Seek God, then seek valued characteristics that will place you above a situation. Not only above it but also will give you an insight into what is ‘morally right and justifiable’. Imagine in every situation you’re in, you can produce a morally right response to it with the help of God? Imagine how quick and easy life would become for you? How simple situations will be?
So we have sought after God and His righteousness before we allow our minds to take over. Next, we need to do nothing but receive, all God has to offer us. If you wish to read up before Matthew 6 vs 33, you’ll see many questions being asked about what a group of people have. Like “what Shall we eat?” “What shall we wear?” “What shall we drink?” But we are instructed to ONLY seek God and His righteousness FIRST. And God will do EVERYTHING ELSE. See how necessary it is to pray before having an opinion or a mental break down or allowing your anxiety to get the better of you.
It’s so simple…God First, and everything will follow accordingly.
Verse 34 even further shows how little we need to do to be rewarded with the access to the power of God.
So seeking God and His righteousness first and (vs 34) we need not to worry about tomorrow.
I’m going to leave it there, because sometimes even God’s word doesn’t need interpretation. God said seek me and my righteousness first and you’ll have everything you need and will not have to worry about tomorrow.
And all I have to do is seek God First and His righteousness? Yup, it’s the little simple things we do that God appreciates and I’m going to continue my God over everything mentality so I can continue to access God’s power.
Have a blessed day x