I was sitting on my verandah this morning as I often do and I was listening to the most beautiful bird songs and admiring the wonderful colours in my garden, thanking my Father in prayer for his gifts. Then I read some of the bible and chose to read MATT 6 and found so many encouraging thoughts.
The first verses show that Jehovah doesn't want us to do anything motivated by seeking praise from others. It reassures us that our Father sees our faithfulness and this is what counts.
Then in reading the Lord's Prayer, the words, "Let your Kingdom come" mean so much more now and the reference in verse 20 to storing up treasures in heaven also.
I was thrilled with the wording of verse 22 in the bible translation I'm currently using (NASB) where it says, "The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light." What an excellent word 'clear' is. Our eyes can see clearly now!
Can you imagine how I felt when I read the next verses about the birds and the flowers? Here I was just praying to my Father about these two exact things! I was thanking him for the birds and the flowers and here I was reading Jesus' words about these two creations and how they help us to understand our Father's love for us and assurance that he'll care for us. I cried when I read the words in verse 26, "Are you not worth much more than they?" What a comfort.
Then the final verses were just so wonderful! How many times have we heard and said these words and yet never fully appreciated their meaning:
"But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Seek first the Kingdom!
We seek first the Kingdom by working towards being IN the Kingdom. This is the goal that Jesus was telling us about. This is the goal that Paul writes about constantly. Now, for the first time, I am seeking first the Kingdom in its true sense.
What a gift that was for me this morning. I am so grateful for this gift from our Father and I wanted to share this with you, my brothers and sisters.
Here is a photo of the beautiful view I had this morning from my verandah.