All These Things

During the times before, during and after Jesus, most people were poor, at least by the standards we would use today.  They had to depend on a harvest of some sort to survive.  Things like food, water, shelter, work, health, clothing—the most basic of needs—were all daily challenges for most people back then.

In Matthew 6:31, Jesus said to the people of His day, “Therefore do not worry, saying what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear?  For after all these things the gentiles seek. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Things are different now, and things are the same now.  Most of us don’t have to rely on a harvest to meet our needs, but we must still rely on something beyond our own capabilities.  To eat we must work.  To work we must find and keep a job.  To find and keep a job we must have some sort of skill.  To gain a skill we sometimes must pay to be trained.

The cycle of chasing after our needs seems to go on endlessly.  And there are many today who wake up, live, and go to bed seeking all these things.  Jesus invited the people of His day to trust our Heavenly Father enough to seek His Kingdom first as pursue all the things we need to live each day.  He continues to invite us today.

Jesus reminds us continually, just as He told satan long ago, that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  He is saying to us, the way to get all these things is to first get on the right road to live out our lives.

We typically look to get on the road called Wants and Desires when we want to fulfill our basic needs.  But this road leads us to a place of dependency on ourselves for all these things.  The Lord wants us to get on the road called Provision because it leads to a place of dependency on Him for all these things.

Jesus says to us life is easier when we put first things first.  In 1 Kings 17:13 the Prophet Elijah meets an old woman who is in desperate need for basic things.  There was a drought in the land.  There had been no real harvest for the previous three years.  Elijah asks this woman to please bring him a morsel of bread and some water to drink.

She tells him, she and her son are destitute and that she has only enough flour and oil to make one last meal for them before they die.  Then he says this to her.  “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for you and your son.  For thus says the Lord God of Israel:  The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”

She did what he asked her to do and God did what He said He would do.  Jesus speaks to us like He spoke to this woman.  When we put first things first, we place ourselves in position to have the provisions we need to be provided by the God we serve.  He provides all these things to us.

So, when you wake up each day make sure the first thing that you do is to make it a day that you seek the Kingdom of God.  With your life, make the Lord a little cake and provide Him a little water.  When you do this all the things you need will be provided to you.  Get on the road to provision and you will see the bountiful harvest of all the things available to you.

If it is food you need, the road to Provision will lead you to the Word of God.

If it is healing you need, the road to Provision will lead you to the healing of God.

If it is shelter you need, the road to Provision will lead you to the Arms of God.

If it is work you need, the road to Provision will lead you to the company of God.

If there is anything that you need, the road to Provision will lead you to the blessing and favor of God.

All these things and more He will provide when you wake up and get on the road to Provision. The little water and bread you have will never run short with God when you first get on the road to seek His Kingdom.

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