"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:33(NASB)
Not one word in Scripture is superfluous and when the word BUT starts a sentence it is a conjunction of contrast - it is a word that introduces an opposite outcome and is a clue that the upcoming statement is about to qualify something important. Having taught His disciples to pray to the Father in faith, Christ gave a long dissertation on the futility of fretting, the fruitlessness of worry, and the anxiety that is caused when our primary attention is on how WE can provide for our own temporal necessities of life.
Through a series of beautiful examples, Jesus points out that both birds and lilies do not fret for their food or clothing, but are graciously cared for by God, pointing out that His children are infinitely more precious to Him than pretty flowers or feathered foul.
But then comes the important teaching that instead of futile fretting and needless worry, our principal thoughts and prime pursuit should be on the eternal kingdom of God and the righteousness that flows from Him, rather than seeking to provide for ourselves through the bankrupt dominions of this passing world system.
God knows that worry entraps the heart and fear fractures faith, which can cause a believer to spiral down into a pit of despair. BUT He also knows that we have daily needs and He has given many precious promises throughout Scripture that He will be our Provider for all the needs and necessities of life – if we will but simply trust in Him.
Instead of seeking first the things of this world, through our own effort, we are urged to seek Him first – to develop a right perspective, to exchange natural thinking for godly thinking. So as we trust Him to fulfil His promise to provide for our needs, remembering that He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, let us take the words of Jesus to heart to seek HIM first, and make HIM our main focus, today and every day.
Loving Father, I know that too often a lack of faith in Your promises of provision have caused me to seek after the things of this world by myself. I confess this is a lack of faith in You and pray that the eyes of my heart would be focussed on You, from this day forward. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.