Jesus, while speaking during the Sermon on the Mount, after verses 19-21 goes on to say, that all people have a problem; the problem is that people just worry about how the next day will go, where they will get food and clothing and is there enough money to carry them through the troubles and trials of everyday life. Who of us at sometime has not worried about our life and how to take care of the needs we have? Jesus answers this problem that people have with two stories. The first is about the birds of the air and how God feeds them and are taken care of but then declares they are not more important to God than we are. In the second story He tells us that the flowers of the field are clothed in fine array, they look beautiful, but He says they can’t make themselves that way it is the Father who takes care of them. Jesus goes on to say, and yet, they have little value but God treasures them and takes time to clothe them. Jesus asks then, “Will He not much more clothe you?” He is basically saying, “Why worry about the things in life, I got your back!” “Don’t just have faith in Me, I know what you need and I will take care of everything?” Jesus says He knows our need and He will be there for us, trust in Him.
But pay attention to what else Jesus says. Jesus sets a condition in the following verse; to be able to really trust in the Lord, so we might believe what He says, He will do. Verse 33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When we seek God and His kingdom and desire His righteousness and go after it with all our heart, then all the things we want will be ours and there will be even more given to us that will be a blessing. If we put these things as priorities in our lives then we can trust the Lord to take care of us.
Let’s dwell for a moment on this passage. What is this “seeking” the Lord all about? Notice, Jesus says that we are to first, seek His kingdom and His righteousness. First is so clear, it doesn’t mean second or third but do it first! It is a priority! What are we to do first? Two things together, “seek His kingdom and His righteousness.” According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, the Greek for “seek” means “to strive after or coveting earnestly or run after or desire,” and do that diligently, with all that you are. When you put it in the context of seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, then we as His children, are to go after or desire with everything we are, His kingdom, (that which Jesus built, aka, the church, fellowship of God or the family of God gathering together to worship and serve Him). And basically at the same time, we are to strive after His righteousness and His holiness. Righteousness, on the other hand, “is an attribute of God” which “is the character or quality of being right or just.” Some scholars say that it is essentially the same as “His faithfulness, or truthfulness, that which is consistent with His own nature or promises.” When we seek these two things in our life, we are giving our life completely over to God. His promises are to be believed and trusting in His Word will rid you of the worry in your life about “stuff.” One guarantee is that if you do what Jesus says to do and make it a priority of your life, you will be “pushing back the darkness” in your life.