Matthew 6:33 is the first verse I memorized as a new believer. As a young single, unbelieving mom, I had been a worrywart of the worst kind. My life was filled with uncertainty. But when I came to know Christ, this is a verse He used to help me overcome my fears and anxieties.
Worry is a constant state of anxiety over what has happened or may possibly happen. Its root is “to choke” and “to divide” (strangle). Worry fills you with fear, stress and thoughts of a negative nature that keep your focus divided and choke your joy.
A mind divided (worried) is one that is filled with thoughts of many different things at one time. When we are worried, we may be trying to take care of the task in front of us while our thoughts are consumed with difficulties that have nothing to do with the task at hand.
Worry can also be about something that has not happened, but that we think might happen. The “what if” of worry can choke our joy in a way that we are unable to move forward because of constant fear over an expected negative event in our lives.
We all deal with different types of circumstances that are difficult.
- Will there be a paycheck
- Is my job secure
- Are my teenagers safe, are they bullied
- Does my husband love me
- Will my baby be healthy
- Can I prevent disease in my body, and so many more…
And so, how do we overcome the worries of the day so we can be undivided in our hearts and minds to experience joy in the everyday of life? Perhaps Matthew 6:33 will help you as it has me.
“SEEK FIRST” – The verse begins by telling us to seek first – that is to look toward one specific thing before anything else. What are you going to look for first when difficulties cause your anxieties to escalate? What is that one thing?
“HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS” – Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. There is a future kingdom to come, but there is also a present kingdom. It is the establishment of the rule of God through Christ in your heart. It is allowing Him to be the King and Lord of your life. When Jesus said your life is more important than food, clothing and the body, He was talking about the life you find in Him by allowing Him to be the King and Lord of your life in the present. He rules and reigns in your heart as you allow Him to by seeking Him. Therefore, when decisions are to be made or worry threatens disruption in your peace, seek Him first. He will guide you and give you peace. How do we know this?
“GIVEN TO YOU” – He has made a promise to us in the very next phrase of the verse. “all these things will be added unto you.” All what things; everything your mind is divided over. When you take your worries to Jesus in prayer, He will give you wisdom and lighten your load simply because He loves you. When you seek Him first for the answer to life’s problems and allow Him in your heart as Lord and Savior, your future is secure. There is no need to worry with a future secure in Him. Trust Him with your cares and allow Him to be in control of your life. The thing about a Kingdom is that there is a King. With a King, there are people under his care.
How do you seek Him first? Prayer is the answer. Time alone with Him in conversation and trusting Him for peace and joy. Jesus is your King and He cares for you. In Him, you can be worry-free!
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV