But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

 The word seek in this verse has the following definition.

to seek in order to find
to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into
to seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after
to crave, demand something from someone

I like the definition ‘to crave.’ I think this accurately describes the way we are to look for God. Think of the way you would crave a pizza or a dessert. Think of the way you would crave time with a loved one. That’s the way we are supposed to seek after God. When we crave something, we find ways to get it. We think about it, plan for it and make it a priority. I also like the way the GNT translation puts it

Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. (GNT)

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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