Things are not what they seem … Part Four

“Seek first … His righteousness …” [Matthew 6:33 ESV]

You noticed yesterday that I used the phrase “invade my purity.” If I am to be effective in God’s kingdom, I need to grasp His divine provision in striving for purity. Jesus specifically calls us to seek out ‘His righteousness’ and not our own. We are not to try and seek personal righteousness. God has no interest in our cleaning ourselves up before seeking Himself. Jesus makes it clear that God is the only One who is righteous. It is He who is not only powerful but also sets the standard for qualities of purity, holiness and righteousness. We are to seek God’s righteousness as a discipline.

My oldest son Tim and I went on a 5-day road trip from Alaska to Tennessee. While traveling we made numerous stops for gas and potty breaks. There was always the temptation to raid the chips and candy aisles during the stop. But chips and candy only temporally satisfy. To find nutritional meals, we had to seek another place that offers something other than Snickers, Skittles, and Sour Worms. You could say that God’s provision is not found at convenience stores offering items for temporary pleasure.

 Dr. Steve Andrews wrote this: “The Bible says in James 4:3, “You ask and don’t receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure.” This world has a lot to offer, but it does not provide what we need. Matthew 6:33 is not a “name it and claim it” promise for God to give you anything you desire. … God promises to meet legitimate needs of those who seek Him and His righteousness. Through seeking the face of the One who is “Holy, Holy, Holy,” we experience the generosity of His mighty hand to meet needs that reflect God’s righteousness.”

I often wonder at my failure in the heat of the moment to understand and apply the promises of my heavenly Father. God made an incredible promise to care for us with greater concern than the flowers and the birds. He also instructed us on where and how to find His provision. “But, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you.”