If you do not seek first the Kingdom of God, none of these things will be added unto you. If you do not acknowledge the Lord in all your ways, He will not direct your paths. If you do not ask in His name, nothing will be added unto to you.
To understand the totality of a thing, we must understand the inverse of it, so I ask you, what I have written here, the inverse of Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 3:6 and John 14:14, is it true?
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) If you are not obeying the Lord Jesus Christ does that mean that you do not love Him, or perhaps you would care to blame it on your old sinful nature, replying with Paul, as it were in Romans 7:19, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” And then pleading with all your heart Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
I do not believe that many who serve the Lord Jesus Christ as he did, solely and with intent only for the glory of God, contemplate these words much and so I would ask this question of you, does that mean their faith is blind?
In Malachi 3:10 the Almighty tells us to put Him to the test, to prove Him, and I offer this, without any visible form of proof, is faith blind? For us to trust anyone, even the Most High, it requires proof that they are trustworthy, that they can offer proof, some form of validation that they are as good as their word, that they will indeed fulfill the obligations they have promised. A changed life, one that no longer seeks not only the things of this world, but has died to self, how does one prove to another that this was accomplished by the will of God and not by the individual who finally became so frustrated with themselves that they got up from the floor and changed their life?
How does the drunkard prove he no longer desires a drink because of the power of the Most High, because he called upon the Lord and He answered? And then, those who have been blessed with the Holy Spirit, how do they prove God, how do they put Him to the test to know and understand without a doubt that He is indeed the King and Ruler of their soul and can be trusted with it. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
How does one who is seeking the Lord, who has trusted in Him, who has been delivered by what can only be described by His power for His glory by His will continue to trust in Him when every earthly possession is removed from them, when the body is racked by inconceivable pain, when all stand and mock them, persecute them, kill them? Was Job contemplating the return of his former state and condition when he said, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10) Or could he have died content in the Lord on that dunghill?
Why did those in the boat with Jesus that day wake Him up? Why did Paul pray three times for the pain to be removed? Why did Jesus Himself say, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) If you do not seek first the Kingdom of God, will anything ever be added unto you?
Here is how the world says it, “God helps those who help themselves.”
Is love offered to the disobedient, is the hand of the Lord upon those who do not obey Him for their good, if you do not obey Jesus, does that mean you do not love Him? What great feat is it that I serve Him whom all are bound to serve in the end?
Do you need God to prove Himself to you before you will trust Him, freely and without any desire for compensation for that devotion?
When the Lord was finished with His “little talk” with Job, all the righteous man had to say was, “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6) Yes, he would have died content upon that dunghill. Could you?