Seeking the Kingdom of God

cares

I woke up thinking about this phrase, “Seek ye the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things shall be added to you.”  As I looked up the scripture related to this, I found it in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  So to dig deeper into the meaning, you must first look at the text preceding it.  6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Jesus was teaching his disciples that what we put our affection on is where our heart is.  If we seek after richly possessions of this world, then our heart is on that (Verse 19).  If we focus our attention on food, water, clothing, then our affection or even our cares will be focused on that more than God (Verse 25-31).

Cares can be defined as: a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern; serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution; protection, charge; grief, suffering; sorrow; to be concerned about. To wish or desire; act on, attend to, deal with, watch over.

See Jesus knew that the Devil would use our cares to throw us off our service for the Lord.  He knows that if he can get your attention on worrying and anxiety, than he can use that to go against you.  He will use your weaknesses, your cares to distract you, and take your focus off the Lord.  I recall the parable of the sower.  It talks about how people who have heard the word can sometimes become unfruitful.  Mark 4:19 say, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”

God knows what you have need for and he wants us to rely on him for all our needs. Matthew 6:32,33 says, “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Verse 34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Learn to trust in the Lord for whatever you need, for whatever is hindering your service to the Lord.  Sometimes sickness, financial troubles, death of family members, and other things can take you away from God.  If you allow it, Satan will bind you up in the cares of this world and before long, you are no longer serving Christ. I have had health issues in the past that has hindered my service to the Lord.  In the past I have dealt with a rapid heart rate, bad cold, cough, sinus issues, and now pneumonia.  I have learned that I must rely on the Lord no matter what comes against me.  God knows your cares and your true desires; whether they are to serve him or whether you care more for your life than him.  Sometimes God allows test to come into our life that test our faith.  I recall Job and his trials that we went through.  Just realize God is there with you and there is nothing that can happen to you without God’s consent.  We don’t need to worry about people or things that might come against us.  We need to allow God to be our main focus and he will take care of everything, if we seek him first.

I remember going to a preaching revival once in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The preacher preached 1 Peter 5:7.  “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  He mentioned how his mother was so afraid of everything that she didn’t even want to leave the house.  She was afraid that something would happen; either she would have a car wreck or it would start snowing.  Then he went on to tell how his dad wanted to leave an inheritance to all his children.  He had either six or seven older siblings.  He was the youngest and when he was young, he worried that he would be left out.  When his father died, he told how they read the will and after each child was mentioned, he was on edge that he wouldn’t be included.  When they got to his name, he was so happy that he was included.  See as Children of God, we have an inheritance waiting for us in Heaven.  We don’t have to worry that we won’t be included because when we get saved, we become part of God’s family.  I urge you to pray and ask God for his help with all your cares and worries, then trust that he will help you.

Related scriptures:

1 Peter 5:7-Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Luke 21:34- And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Psalm 23:1- The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

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About Tracy K

I am a born again believer who has taught Sunday School, Women's Meetings and written blogs and books for the purpose of the ministry. My sole purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus, the son of God, died on a cross for the sins of the whole world. I believe he arose after three days and now sits on the right side of God in Heaven. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Without Jesus, there is no remissions of sins:
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