What do you seek?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(Matthew 6:33 (NIV))

What is it that you seek? In our society, we have a tendency to seek after luxuries. I am not too certain that if we earnestly turn to God that He will give us the luxuries that we seek. All throughout the Bible there have been examples of people that God has blessed because they earnestly sought Him. There are also examples of people who devoted their lives to God and only had locusts and wild honey to show for it. Don’t get me wrong. John the Baptist was thoroughly blessed by God for his devotion. It was a blessing that we do not understand.

Matthew speaks not of luxuries, but of every day necessities such as food and clothing. God provides exactly what we need. Take another look at John the Baptist. He was blessed by God providing him the locusts and wild honey. I don’t think that we would consider that a blessing, but it truly was. It allowed John to preach repentance and not worry about what he would eat or what he would wear. God provided just what John needed.

There is an important concept. God provided just what was needed. He sent locusts and wild honey to John to sustain him. He also sent manna to the Israelites while they wandered in the desert. Even when they did not seek first His kingdom, He provided.

Take a look at all that you have. What do you seek first – more possessions or God’s Word? Life is ironic at times. When we seek after earthly security, it never comes. When we seek after God, He gives us Himself, His security, and all of the other things, too.

Seek after God’s kingdom and not the luxuries of this world. He will surprise you with what He does give you.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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