Worry and the Question of God's Sovereignty
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33 (CSB)
Growing up in Church this was one of the easiest verses to memorize. I even remember a song to the tune of these words spoken by Jesus, never really thinking about the context of it, except that I should be seeking God first in my life. As I continued to grow spiritually, I have learned that there is so much to this verse and everything before it.
You see, in the previous verses of Chapter 6, Jesus was addressing something that I’m sure most of us deal with, and I personally also deal with: Anxiety. For me, my brain never tends to shut off, and I’m always wondering or worrying about someone or something. What we see here, is that when we worry, we are considering ourselves, and our worry, in reality is self-seeking.
If we break down this verse, we see Jesus gives us a command: Seek first the kingdom of God. As soon as we open our eyes in the morning, our goal should be seeking God. Our prayer should be “God how can I serve you today?” We seek His righteousness, and when those things become first, we begin to look at our worries from a biblical perspective. We know that as we seek God, all these things will be added unto us?
What things, then are to be added unto us? That means that all of our needs will be met. When we worry, we bring God’s sovereignty into question. We struggle with doubt, which goes against everything the scripture teaches about God’s faithfulness.
To seek God is to know Him. To know Him is to love Him. We can’t do that unless we spend time in His word. We learn his attributes, his character traits, and we continue to seek. When we do that, remember, all else is taken care of.
Father, I thank you that I don’t have to worry because you are sovereign and I can rest in your goodness. Help me to seek you daily and to know you, personally and intimately. Thank you for loving me Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in Matthew 6 this week.
Ask God daily “How can I seek and serve you today?