If you take a snapshot of any period of time in history you will find some sort of chaotic event happening. In Biblical days, we saw plagues of locust, beheadings, and edicts for killing the first born. The last few years the chaos of the world has taken the form of viruses, lockdowns, and unrest in many nations across the globe. The chaos on the earth is ultimately a result of sin (Romans 3:23), but we can seek first His Kingdom and live above what is happening in the earth. We can live seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) for we are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)!
As believers, we live in the world, but we do not have to be of the world. The way Jesus slept through the storm in the same boat with the disciples who were afraid, we can live at peace and in peace even in the midst of chaos. Jesus is the way (John 14:6) and His life and teachings demonstrate how to seek first His Kingdom.
What Does Jesus Say?
The Gospel books of the Bible have the “red letters” or direct teachings of Jesus. We find His instruction to seek first His Kingdom in Matthew 6,
Matthew 6:25-33 NIV – “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.“
Keep reading as we extract several practical tips for how to seek first His Kingdom even in the midst of chaotic times.
Matthew 6:25 NIV – ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
Worry is to the kingdom of darkness as faith is to the Kingdom of Light. It is faith in the wrong kingdom! Worry steals our focus, kills our hope, and destroys our lives. It can paralyze us and prevent us from moving in faith. Verse 25 makes it clear that life is more that providing and protecting ourselves. We have a Good Father who is for us, not against us (Romans 8:31) and He wants to take care of our every need. There is no need to worry!
Prayer: Father, help me to trust that You only want good things for me, amen.
You Are Valuable
Matthew 6:26 NIV – “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?“
Your heavenly Father wants to take care of you because you are valuable to Him. He was there when you were knit together in your. mother’s womb and He knows your every thought (Psalm 139). Your heavenly Father has been there since the moment you were created and has been intricately involved in your life ever since. You are valuable to Him. To Him, you were worth exchanging His only Son’s life.
The Father loves, the Father sees you, the Father desires that you seek first His Kingdom…not so that you can serve Him, but because He wants His kids back. You are worth dying for!
Prayer: Father, give me a revelation of the value You carry in your heart for me, amen.
How Much More?!
Matthew 28-30 NIV – “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”
You are worth more than a sparrow. At initial glance that makes complete sense. “Yes, I’m of course more than a bird!” However, when you consider that the sparrows are provided for without doing a thing that type of trust is what becomes challenging in our walk with God.
You must ask yourself if you trust God. Do you trust Him with your finances…your marriage…your children? What is your response when something goes wrong in an area of your life? Are you able to trust God, to seek first His Kingdom? Or do you start trusting in your own efforts? Maybe you even get mad at Him. That just makes us human, but the reality is that you can trust the Father. You are more than a sparrow. It’s time to increase your faith to believe!
Prayer: Father, remind me of the many times you have come through for me and help me to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving for all You’ve done, amen.
Matthew 6:33 NIV – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
To seek first His Kingdom is an action. There is energy and effort when we decide to seek something (or Someone). You are made righteous by the blood of Jesus. You don’t have to earn righteousness which means the only effort on your part is seeking.
Are you looking to the Father over the latest news report? Do you look for answers in the Word of God or is your main source books written by men? He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He has all the answers you will ever need and He promises that ALL things will be added as you seek first His Kingdom. Will you trust Him?
Prayer: Father, I choose to trust You and I choose to make, the often difficult choice, of seeking You and Your Kingdom above all else. I choose to trust You to protect, provide, and care for me and my loved ones, amen.