“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” - Mathew 6:33 (NIV).
Among certain circles, the words Christ used to rebuke Satan who had just been tempted with wealth for worshiping him, have often been used to claim this was the vey motive for bringing Christianity to Africa. Evidence abounds to see that European colonists after seizing the land of those they conquered, curiously would teach them to look up to God. But this was certainly an abuse of what Christ meant. No where did the Lord command his followers to seize territories, and then offer to them faith in him to justify loss of their property. These colonists were just plain day light robbers twisting the words of Christ for their gain.
On the contrary, the meaning of these words is that when we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, there is reveled knowledge that the Lord passes on to us, and from which all wealth flows. King Solomon came to experience great wealth after seeking wisdom first from the Lord. “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this…I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” (1 Kings 3:10-13).
Just as with Solomon, when we seek the Lord first, he opens doors for us by blessing us with knowledge that can help us enhance our wealth. For instance, the Lord may create for us opportunities as we see he did for Abraham. “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever” (Genesis 13:14-15).
Wealth acquisition that does not honor God first can come with misfortune. For example the beneficiary may be inflated with pride. This is what happened with Nebuchadnezzar who pumped up decided a statute be raised in his honor (Daniel 3:1-25). He forgot that it is the Lord who had enabled him and would end up chewing grass like cattle (Daniel 4:25-35).
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” When we seek the Lord first, we reap multiple blessings, that enable us live and enjoy wealth in peace and comfort.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I seek you first, as the giver of wisdom, to create everlasting wealth, built and rooted in you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!