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“But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.” Luke 12.31

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6.33

I’ve heard people of all ages “claim” these verses (especially 6.33) pertaining to health, boyfriends, job, car, etc etc etc.

Of course God can (and often does) provide each of those things and so much more.

But to “claim” them in view of these two passages is snipping the verse out of its context, and therefore stripping the verse of any true meaning.

Here’s the context of the Luke verse: “29 Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. 30 For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.”

And now the context of the Matthew verse: “31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

Luke says “these things” while Matthew said “all these things.”

And what are “these things”?

Food…water…clothing.

Every good gift comes from God. You may ask God/beg God for anything.

But don’t use these two verses to “claim” anything but food, water, and clothing.

And even then recognize that this is a principle; there are exceptions as history shows. Christians suffer from (genuine) hunger, lack of water, and can be clothesless.

Oh…and…by the way…and I’d love to have you comment your answer, what does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God.”?

Because that is the condition that evolves into the promise.