Lesson 7 - Seeking that Which Isn't Natural

  

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

This verse comes from the Sermon on the Mount. We are told clearly that if we first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, everything else will come along. This is where faith becomes trust. Do we believe that if we truly seek Him, He will take care of the rest? Is this a promise that we can truly learn to rest our hat on? We must ask ourselves how much time do we spend in prayer seeking the things of self, rather than the things of God? Scripture points this truth out to us.

Philippians 2:21
For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

If this is what our prayer life is like, let’s take some time tonight before we go to sleep. If forgiveness is truly needed now, let’s immediately pray before something causes us to forget what has been presently laid on our heart and conscience to ask for God’s forgiveness.

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

God tells us that we are to continue to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. The great thing about God is that He always brings a perspective that shows our side of compassion and human nature. Here He shows us that as fathers of this world, we would never give things that were contrary to our nature. He identifies your nature as being evil, but even though you are, you still know what to give. Evil means: bad, of a bad nature or condition, in a physical sense: diseased or blind. In an ethical sense: wicked, bad (OLB).  We see how our Savior illustrates this truth. If we, being evil in our fallen state of being, can and desire to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father, who is perfect, give good things to His children who ask Him?