Bible Verse: “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:29-31 NIV
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11
These were Jesus’ words in Luke 12, and He is telling the crowd not to worry about what they will eat or drink. You might be thinking this is easy to say when your pantry is full of food, but when it is empty and you have a family to feed, that is another matter.
God tells us through the prophet Isaiah, “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them” (Isaiah 41:17 NIV). If you are physically, emotionally or spiritually thirsty, I want to assure you God knows it.
Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
Are you asking Him? Are you seeking the Lord? Are you knocking on heaven’s door for your answers? Our God is not an enabler. He does not want people hooked on heavenly food stamps. You are going to have to ask, seek, and knock. And when you do, you will receive, find, and the door will be opened.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV). He promises if you pursue Him with all your heart, you will find Him. Seek God’s kingdom first, and all the other stuff comes along as a bonus.
Prayer: Forgive me, God, when I have put other things before You. Help me to get to that point in my relationship with You that whatever the question is, my response is “Yes Lord.” You know my needs better than I do, and I’m going to trust You to meet them, but I will not do it complacently. I believe that You are “a rewarder of those that diligently seek (You)” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Gary Hohweiler, author of Fear Not!