But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt 6:33)~ we spend our lives constantly chasing after things, achievements, status and stature. We demand from the other person things that they are not capable of giving..and we are so adamant on receiving those things we want for our human comforts that we go to any source to get what we want…except the right one..God! Every anxiety of man is centered around the temporal things that surround our lives. It doesn’t matter who you are or at what point you are in life..we are more concerned about not having our stuff rather than not having our eternal salvation. This trap ensnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. Take this as an encouragement to trust in God. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can He not do for us…who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less than life itself. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek FIRST the kingdom of God, and make His business your business. Contrary to the ‘world view’, this is the not way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The will and command of the Lord Jesus, is that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that bring them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to His wise disposal. People and the the things of this world will never fulfill us because our flesh is never satisfied, it always wants more. When we get what we want, we seek MORE and will go to any length, especially sin..to have it! We are carnal! Let the Spirit convince us of the sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts. When you chase after the Lord first, you ALWAYS catch Him!
Have not I COMMANDED thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Josh 1:9). When soldiers are in battle, they are commanded by their leader to move forward without any fear, but with boldness and steadfastness! The leader doesn’t say go forward if you’re not scared, they don’t say go forward if you’re courageous enough. When a team takes the field, their captain expects them to perform to the best of their ability, with no regard to what may happen if they don’t perform good enough. The team that does this the best and most consistently throughout the season, becomes the overall winner, or champion! This is modeled after what God expects from us when we walk in faith of Him. Be steadfast, unmovable, fearless, moving forward in His name! These are not options.. but ‘commands’! God says that we need not be afraid or worry.. because He’s with us and for us. And if God be for us, shall be against us (that we need to even be worried about)?? Sure, it’s gonna be tough sometimes, but He’s got us! We’re gonna slip up and stumble and lose control sometimes, but He’s holding us up! People will oppose you and turn against you…but HE will never leave you out to dry and in fact: The Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts (Ex 33:21-23).. God will set you in a place where you will experience His greatness, be covered from His wrath and as He allows you to go forward, know that in waiting on Him you can be assured that He has gone before you. He’s got you coming and going and He commands you act like you KNOW it! You are NEVER alone; so don’t doubt what He has created in you; but stay grounded and focused… in strength and courage – go get your blessing, though come what may; trusting Him all the way! Let your faith in Him then take you!