April 4, 2019 by directorfsm
Spurgeon writes that…
When I had resolved to enter college, walking across Midsummer Common, just outside of Cambridge, revolving in my mind the joys of scholarship and the hope of being something in the world, that text came to my heart,
“Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not” (Jer. 45:5)
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
All was given up, everything was renounced, the finest prospects seemed to melt into thin air, merely on the strength of that text, believing that God would most certainly fulfill to me his promise if I could keep his precept.
God will always keep His word to the letter. Actually He will usually go beyond what the letter seems to mean. In this instance (cf “And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him” 1 Kings 5:12), while He gave Solomon wisdom, He also added to him riches and a thousand other things which did not appear in the compact.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33).
He who makes promises about infinite blessings will throw in everyday things as if they were of small account and were given in as a matter of course, like the grocer’s paper bags in which he packs up our purchases
R C Sproul explains that…
Seeking demands an intensity, a perseverance that will not be denied, and a zeal to achieve the desired objective. In addition to refocusing your goal of righteousness, allow the Scriptures to speak to your motivation and commitment. (Sproul, R. Vol. 1: Before the Face of God: Baker Book House; Ligonier Ministries)
J R Miller (Biography) wrote that…
We need have only one care, that we put the first thing first—faithfulness to God. Then all else we need for both worlds will be supplied. God will never fail us; but we forget, sometimes, in our rejoicing over such an assurance, that we must fulfill our part if we would claim the divine promise.
It will not always be easy. Tomorrow it may mean a distasteful task, a disagreeable duty, a costly sacrifice for one who does not seem worthy. Life is full of sore testing’s of our willingness to follow the Good Shepherd. We have not the slightest right to claim this assurance unless we have taken Christ as the guide of our life.