Seek ye first (Part 2)


”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mat 6:33).



I remember an encounter with a lady who was so angry with God for failing her. She asked me to ask God what she did wrong. She sobbed as she spoke to me. Why would she apply for two jobs and not get any? God had failed her. When I probed further, I discovered to my shock that she was still running her National Youth Service Corpse (NYSC) program. She was barely half way through. Whereas she was shouting like someone who had been job-hunting for a decade. She simply needed to calm down!


A lot of people use Matthew 6: 33 as a backup for anxiety. They don’t want to wait patiently when things aren’t going their way. Ironically, that same verse was used to teach us not to worry. Mat 6:27 says: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?’’


“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things (Mat 6:31, 32).  


Look at this phrase: “Such things do Gentiles seek.” There is an inordinate desire for things that should be foreign to the believer. They should be the ones marked by certain types of desires. They don’t have God to rely on. They must chart their own course, hence the anxiety. But the believer knows that His Heavenly Father already knows he has needs of those things. Live your life trusting Him.


Matthew 6:33 is about trust and contentment. The reason I do not need to be preoccupied with the things I don’t have is because my father meets my needs. I therefore seek first the Kingdom, not to have my needs met, but knowing that my needs are met.