“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”Matthew 6:33.
The history pages of the world contain a story of a Roman general named Aemilius Paulus. He was appointed to the Roman army in a time of war and great fear and anxiety.
He found the army filled with a sad condition of affairs--more officers than fighting men, and everyone felt his advice was the best. And the war was conducted with their several opinions.
We conduct our lives with several opinions. Jesus comes and finds everyone clamoring after his worldly affairs, wanting this, and objecting to that, all seeking their own, and not the things of Jesus Christ.
He does the same thing that Roman general did. And then he says, "Do not worry saying, 'What shall we eat? Or What shall we drink or What shall we wear?"
Your heavenly father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
We seek our temporal welfare and put our spiritual welfare in the background.
We do not trust God, we chiefly trust ourselves. We fear that if we do not focus on our worldly prosperity, we shall be losers.
And so we neither seek the kingdom of God nor the righteousness of God. We only seek the world and its things. If we had more trust in God, we wouldn’t do so.
The six classes of books in the Bible and their common message..
We have the historical books, the Psalms, the wisdom books, the Prophets, the Gospel records and the Epistles.
Interestingly, you find the same message of God in all of them---"If you attend to your spiritual concerns, He will attend to our temporal affairs."
Let me quote from each class.
Historical books: "If you walk in my statutes and keep my commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit…You shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely." Lev 26:3-5.
The Psalms: "O fear the LORD, all of you his saints: for there is no lack to them that fear him." Psalm 34:9.
The wisdom books: "The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish" Proverbs 10:3.
The Prophets: "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." Isaiah 1:9
The Gospel records: Matthew 6:33
The Epistles: "Casting all your care upon him, for…