Seek Ye First the Kingdom

Written by Joe Dardano

In Matthew 6:33 we are taught to not worry about our livelihood. God knows we need water, food and clothing on our backs. Nevertheless, worry does not help bring that about. Worry is a mental state that brings us out of a trust relationship with God. God wants us to trust in him. He knows what we need and when we need it. Worry cannot extend our life span (Matt. 6:27) let alone help bring food and clothing into our lives. That being said, we are encouraged to first seek the Kingdom of God: forgiveness, love, perseverance, faith, charity toward the poor, and so on. Seeking the Kingdom of God is not an invitation to eternal leisure. Work is essential to the community of believers in Christ (2 Thess 3:10). What is key is that we need to work, then leave the results up to God. Yes, we must bring our petitions unto him (Phil 4: 6-7). But when we pray for things, we need to trust that God will answer in His time and place. We are thus encouraged to make our petitions then live in trusting joy that God has answered our prayers even though we may not see the results here and now. We are taught to believe ahead of time that those petitions have been heard and answered (Mark 11:24).

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