‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ ~ Matthew 6:331
The only piece of land that Abraham bought was the cave and field in Machpelah near Mamre to be used as a burial site. Sarah died at Kiriath Arba (Hebron). So he bought the site from Ephron the Hittite to bury her. We don’t come across Abraham purchasing any other piece of land. He had the wealth and purchasing power to do so. He could have bought large acres of land and made himself a rich landlord. But he left it to God to work out how the given promised would come true.
Look at Gehazi, Elijah’s servant. He allowed greed to rule his heart and selfishly asked for some money and a few sets of clothing from Naaman, the Syrian captain. But doing so brought severe consequences – the leprosy of Naaman came to him. On the other hand Ruth the Moabitess, did not try to revamp her sad life after the death of her husband. She was obedient to her mother-in-law and looked after her sincerely. God saw this and opened a new chapter when Boaz got married to her.
In our attempt to secure the future we try to buy influence, a word of recommendation, a referral, a seat in the educational institution, a good position at the job front. Waiting on God seems so difficult. Seeing the world go by in fast trends, we make haste to follow suit fearing we’ll be left. But the Bible says, “Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5). This calls for spending hours in God’s presence, laying before him all the concerns and trusting him in full faith to do the best. It calls for giving God the preference above man’s word of reference. It means waiting for God to make a supernatural intervention in the situation. And then beyond doubt you’ll know that the hand of God was at work. It means re-arranging your priorities to follow those that glorify God; having a value system that is kingdom based and seeking things that matter to God. And surely as promised the rest will follow. As the Bible exhorts us it is better to store up treasures in heaven than have moth and rust eat up all the things we try hoarding up.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this reminder that I must learn to wait in faith and trust and seek your kingdom first above all things. May my lifestyle reflect this and be an example for others. Amen.”
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