Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” NASU
This is an often quoted passage familiar to virtually everyone in Christendom. I read it like I read Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God…” Here the first words are an injunction with promise but imperative if we are going to truly be and receive all God desires for us. “BUT SEEK FIRST…” What are we enjoined to do? Seek. When are we to seek? First. What are we to seek? God, His Kingdom, and Righteousness. That is simple, right? But, in reality, it is frequently not the ‘first practice’ of believers.
How many times have you waited until you were desperate to SEEK HIM? Probably more often than you or I truly want to admit. Sometimes we declare that we are SEEKING HIM when we are ‘seeking answers’ not necessarily HIM, His Kingdom, or His Righteousness. We have a problem or need and we desire an answer. Our prayers are often ‘self-centered’ and ‘self-serving’ rather than SEEKING HIM. Too often, I have failed in this, even knowing that HE IS THE ANSWER and if I FIND HIM, I also find the answer to my question, plight, problem, or need. The solution is not necessarily in me getting something externally but developing a relationship with Him and the IN HIM, I am able to live and move and have my being.
I would never suggest we omit the last part of the verse for it is very important. God says, that if we SEEK FIRST His Kingdom and His Righteousness, in that hungering and thirsting, what we need is added or granted to us. I asked the question on social media some time back, “HOW PASSIONATE ARE WE FOR GOD?” That was not a question of condemnation or judgment but a quickening of the Holy Spirit to my own heart. What is our passion level? How earnestly are we SEEKING HIM? How desperately are we SEEKING HIM? How important is it to us to FIND HIM, His kingdom, and righteousness? How important is His Presence in our lives and our daily dealings? I am reminded of Israel, in the wilderness, and their rebellion. God said to Moses in Exodus 33, “…Depart, go up from here, you and the people you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘ To your descendants I will give it.’ 2 “I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. 3 “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way.” Picture in your mind, God speaking to Moses and saying, “I’m done with you and this people.”
When Moses relayed the words of God to the people they went into mourning. Then, God comes back to Moses and warned them that were He to come into their midst He would destroy them because of their obstinance. Moses was moved so deeply he engaged in intercession for the people and rehearsed their journey to God. He finally declared in (v.15), “…if Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here…” Simply, Moses said, “God if your presence, your person does not go with us, leave us here to die.” That is passion for God and desperation for Him. God said, “My presence shall go with you and I will give you rest.”
In today’s world, we can easily become sidetracked and distracted with the affairs of life from the social, economic, relational, to the political and fail to SEEK FIRST that which is most important. I do not suggest we leave the others unattended but that the PASSION OF OUR HEARTS and the FIRST SEEKING of our hearts is GOD. Lord, help us to be consumed with PASSION FOR YOU! I desire that in my own life and pray for it in the lives of all to whom I now speak. Send the Fire of Your Spirit and stir up in us a desire that burns white-hot for You!
May the Lord kindle your passion, guard your hearts and guide your steps today and each day of your earthly journey. BLESSINGS!