We often hear the saying, “It is easier said than done”, and most of us would have felt this when we are under crisis if our text had been shown to us at the time of the crisis. How often after an event has settled down do we then wonder why we worried ourselves sick over the matter. The answer is of course, that we do for that time in our life forget Christ’s words that our heavenly Father does know of the things that we have need of. If only we could quickly take His advice in verse 33. “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” The Kingdom of God according to the Bible begins with Christ. He himself spoke this in Mark 9:1. “Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power”. And in Luke 9:2. When He sent out the twelve, He instructed them “To preach the Kingdom of God” or to preach Christ. And in Luke 17:21. Christ taught “for behold the Kingdom of God is within you”. We know that at all times we should try to keep the Spirit of Christ within us and if in time of pending crisis, we turn to Christ and His ways, it does open the way to petition our Heavenly Father, for Christ taught in John 14:6. “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” And without realizing why, we do begin to take notice of the text and realize that we are not facing the crisis alone, but have the support of one who does know of our needs, which may not necessarily be our wants.
This was recently born home in discussion with a grazier, who is suffering from this severe drought we are experiencing in Central Queensland. It was mentioned that the time had come when all the faithful should gather for a day of prayer. He agreed and said he had attended them in years past, and although it may not have rained for some time, for some reason he always felt better and less tensed up after the prayer meeting. Of course, the answer is because of our text, we do get our mind off the crisis and make a place for the Lord in our hearts again, and realize we are not alone.
As we go through life and do begin to see a crisis looming which may affect our natural existence, we should not let the despair over shadow us, but live by the text and we will find that the Lord does provide.