One of my favorite passages of scripture is Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
The preceding verses in that chapter record Jesus saying that we should not worry about what we will eat, drink or what we will wear because God knows that we need those things. Instead, focus on seeking God and being righteous. Once we do that everything else will be provided.
I was reading in the Old Testament today and came across the story of Solomon right after he was made king. He prayed to God for the ability to give him:
“…an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9 KJV)
This request pleased God who said:
Because thou has asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before them neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. (1 Kings 3:11-12 KJV)
Because Solomon only asked God to help him judge Israel correctly (he was seeking to be righteous before God) God not only gave him what he requested, but blessed him with many other things that he did not ask for.
And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. (1 Kings 3:13 KJV)
To be blessed by God the only thing that we need to do is to seek to be righteous. What we ask him for should be in line with what will make us righteous. This is his will for us.
A lot of us (including myself) forget this. We come up with elaborate plans to try to reach our objectives. Our requests to God miss the mark because they don’t include those things that will help us to be holy and righteous. Once we correct this and get it right, everything else will fall into place.
I must not forget the glue that holds everything together – obedience:
And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. (1 Kings 3:14)
What a blessed revelation from the Lord today. So simple.
- Recognize God as the source of all things
- Make righteousness your goal
- Ask God to help you; look only to him for guidance
- Be obedient
- Watch the wonderful things that he will do in your life above and beyond anything that you could have imagined possible.