This is my 1st time “verse mapping” and I have no idea if I did this right or not, but it was very interesting and enlightening.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
“But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to Shannan as well.”
*This whole passage of scripture is talking about worrying, “do not worry”.
*Kingdom is the heart of the matter- is the reign of God that he brings about through Jesus Christ-the establishment of God’s rule in the hearts and lives of his people, the overcoming of all the forces of evil, the removal from the world of all the consequences of sin-including death and all that diminishes life-and the creation of a new order of righteousness and peace (according to the NIV Bible notes on Matthew 3:2)
*Righteousness the righteous life that God requires
Other verses with kingdom and/or righteousness in them:
· Matthew 3:2 “and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near”
· Matthew 5:20 “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven”
· Matthew 5:10 “Blesses are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
New Living Translation: “Seek the kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” Matthew 6:33
New Life Version: “First of all, look for the holy nation of God. Be right with Him. All these other things will be given to you also.” Matthew 6:33
This was a very enlightening experience digging into this verse. I’m glad I chose to do it, and plan on doing this with other verses as well. Basically I need to put my trust in God, like I have said before. He needs to be number 1! As long as I have Jesus in my life I will have that constant companion. I need to seek Him first, not second, third or fourth. He needs to be number 1 and I am working on that.
The Lord helped me through a very difficult time this week, when I could have easily shattered. The normal me would have started to crumble but I didn’t. I remained calm and stayed strong.