All These Things
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
I am not sure how old I was at the time, but apparently not old enough to have the sense not to do this: my brother, cousins and I decided it would be cool to dig in my backyard for treasure. Praise the Lord we couldn’t dig too far down because we hit rock fairly soon. But yeah, a pretty big, gaping hole was there to show for our eagerness…and ignorance.
What do we put effort into seeking? What is worth digging until you find it? What treasure keeps you on the search?
I remember wondering in my early twenties what the verse above practically meant. I had heard it my whole life, but I was clueless. What is the kingdom of God, and how do I seek it? I don’t want to hear you just quote me a bunch of stuff; I want to really know what it means.
Amazingly, when the Lord knows that you really want to know, He will go out of His way to teach you. When He knows that you are desperate to seek His kingdom—just because He said to, whether you know what that means or not—He will make sure you have the treasure map and a reliable shovel.
We spend so much time and effort seeking things that are temporary, things that will ultimately fail us. Success, the next diet craze, newer and better… The kingdom of God consists of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Are we seeking His righteousness? His peace? His joy? Or are we mindlessly digging a gaping hole that doesn’t profit anything or anyone? Are we spinning our wheels, convincing ourselves that our tiredness is reward and proof enough of the value of our lives?
He knows what we need before we ask Him. He knows that He is what we need. It is not His desire to withhold any good thing from those whose walk is blameless. If we dare to truly seek Him—I mean really searching until we find Him kind of seeking—we will not have to spin our wheels seeking anything else.
And the beautiful part is that when we truly seek Him first, the “all these things” part doesn’t seem to matter as much—He is enough.
Scripture to read:
Lord, I don’t want to get caught up in seeking anything but You. You are my treasure. You are my portion. I trust You with everything else, Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.