Summary: Why should we seek God, His Kingdom, His righteousness, and His provision? We seek God through His Word, Prayer, Fellowship, and Worship. We seek God first, for He being our Father, is our ever-present loving provider who knows all your needs.
You know, people fall in love, have children, celebrate birthdays, take trips and sit on the porch on summer evenings, while listening to crickets. But inevitably, and to everyone, problems do come. Relationships flounder, jobs are lost, money gets tight, kids rebel, and through it all, even in the midst of friends and family, loneliness and worry can seem like all there is.
When life turns tough, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Resources that once sustained you such as: relationships, self-confidence, work, and material possessions appear powerless. You long for an instant fix, something to take your problems and worries away. You need solutions. A solution not necessarily to give you that instant fix, for unfortunately, one does not really exist ¨C but to lay out practical steps you can follow. God in you is the aim towards the resolution of all of your worries, not just some, but all. It is God in you who can fill you with love, which will relax you, and it is all through His wonderful grace.
Let's read His Word, please stand and open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6. Let's begin by looking at verses 25 - 34.
25 This is why I tell you: [Therefore.] ...
When you see the word therefore or this is why, you must ask, "What is it there for?" The overarching context for this "therefore" is based upon the entirety of the sermon, but its immediate context begins in verse 19 in regards to the heart and the listener's treasure. But let's finish reading our passage.
25 This is why I tell you: [Therefore.] Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don't labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you, you of little faith? 31 So don't worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In our passage we see that Matthew is writing the words of Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount. This passage examines a cure for anxiety or worry. Jesus takes a look at the problems that the Jews were experiencing. Their concerns were for basic needs and getting ahead in life, which in this context was centered on their treasure, money. The root of the hearer's problems was that their hearts were in the wrong place.