A Promise For Food. 04/15/2014 (Morning thought)

Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

This passage of scripture gives us the assurance that all of our needs, including food, will be supplied, when the relevant conditions are met. The promises of God are certain and never to be doubted or queried, for the Bible makes a very profound statement about God's character as it pertains to Him delivering on His promises. Let's read:

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

In the passage of scripture in Matthew, the conditions are given, as is the case with all other promises of God. It is not the will of God that we should expend all our energies in the pursuit of gain, or in making a living. It is true that the Bible clearly states that "he that will not work, will not eat", meaning that the indolent and lazy will inevitably come to want. However, a correct balance must be struck between temporal pursuits and our eternal interests, and this is what Christ was bringing to our attention when he laid out before us, the way in which we should prioritize our activities.

Food, raiment, shelter and all of the necessities of life will be supplied to the letter in the lives of all who by faith, cling to the promises of God, and follow the instructions given in His word. The Bible states that all of our needs will be met, if we put the interests of God's kingdom first and adhere to the principles of righteousness as taught in His word. Let's read:

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

And when the Bible says all, it means all. That word "all" includes the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, bread, water, food, natural medicines, jobs, cars, sleep, repentance, strength, will-power, education, diapers, soap, shampoo, guidance, wisdom, money, groceries, a husband, a wife, children, church family, clothes, faith, exercise, salvation, talents, and finally, immortality when Jesus comes again. "All" means all. David commented on this sacred truth as he reviewed the experiences of God's people over the years. Let's read:

Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

The question for us individually is, are the stipulated conditions being met? Are we seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness in a haphazard manner, only when we have "spare time", and are we paying our bills first before we return our tithes and offerings? Is the time set aside for prayer and Bible study prime time, or do we seek God only when we are tired and have spent all of our energies chasing an illusive dream? The answer to these and other similar questions are given in the word of God. Let's read:

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

In other words, if we put God on the back burner, our blessings will also be put on the back burner, but if we give Him the best, He will also give us the best. A failure to acknowledge this truth is what prevents many Christians from enjoying the many blessings that God has promised to the faithful, and thus many of us go through our entire Christian experience doubting God, and living in the shadows of despair, when our Heavenly Father is eagerly waiting to bestow on us the abundant life.

We therefore end with a passage of scripture that should help to refocus our attention on God and the things of eternal value, and if we do, the assurances and promises given in God's word will come to life. Let's read:

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

May this passage of scripture become a living reality in our lives every day, for God is faithful, who has promised. "Good night" and God bless!