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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.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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