“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
I was preaching a sermon to my congregation from Matthew chapter six which tells us that God knows what we need and then promises to provide what we need. The list of needs includes the necessities of life, food, drink, clothing, and shelter. Followed by the words, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:32).
I preached that sermon in 1980, to my congregation in Moab, Utah. Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, and under his presidency, inflation and interest rates were off of the charts. The price of food and gas were skyrocketing. Gas had gone to over $1.00 per gallon, unheard of! My sermon emphasized that the “all these things” of Matthew 6:33, also included rent and food and gasoline. I told the congregation that God knows just how much gasoline you need to get to and from work. I said that He has promised to provide your basic needs if you will, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
And now, here we are in 2022, with inflation driving up the prices of food and gasoline. This time, however, gasoline has gone to over $5.00 per gallon. How are we going to make it? How are we going to get back and forth to work? Well, my fellow Christian, the one who quoted Matthew 6:33, also reminds us that, “He is the same, yesterday, today, and yes forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
At this time, surrounded by these circumstances, we are called occupy ourselves with this, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” It makes no difference whether it is 1980 or 2022! He is our infinite; eternal Father and He still knows exactly what you and I need to sustain the lives of our families. This is not a time for hand-wringing and worry, it is a time for making the seeking of Him and His kingdom the number one priority for your life. He then promises to fill in the blanks of your specific needs.
The Apostle Paul seconds this motion in his letter to the Philippian Church, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace that passes understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Eight times, Jesus said, “Do not worry.” And today, He still calls us to trust in Him and His provision because He and He alone knows what our true needs are.