But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33, TLV
This verse has been used as a formula to some folks for getting what they want. It is sometimes translated into, “If I did this for GOD, then He’ll do that for me.” I would have said that I never do that, but on closer inspection, it seems I do.
“Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Father in heaven feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. Now if in this way God clothes the grass—which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow—will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”JESUS, MATTHEW 6:26-30, TLV
Our verse today comes on the heels of these beautiful lines of how God will provide for us. Our food, drink, clothing. Basics. What we need to seek His kingdom and righteousness.
Just a few verses before these verses, Yeshua teaches His followers how to pray to the Father. And part of that prayer is to ask for our daily bread — our daily provision (Matthew 6:11).
I think, Jesus wanted to let the people — and therefore us — know, “Don’t worry. Look around you. How amazing is My Father’s creation. If He can manage the intricacies of life, He can manage what you need to live it.”
Perhaps that’s our reminder. To have faith that despite what might be telling us God doesn’t care, or doesn’t see what is going on, He does care. He does see. And what we need for this day, He has provided. Great is His faithfulness.