In the aftermath of Wednesday’s San Bernardino shooting leaving 14 dead and another 21 others wounded, responses poured out in the form of thoughts and prayers. As 2016 Republican Presidential candidates turned to God for help, democratic leaders used this tragedy to drum up support for gun control and the elimination of the second amendment. Perhaps, this political difference caused a New York journalist to write, “God isn’t fixing this.” Unfortunately, the author of this quote doesn’t know one of the most basic Bible principles, you have to seek before you can peak ahead.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, Matthew 6:33.
During one of the most famous sermons ever recorded, Jesus spends a chapter in Matthew 6 explaining the concept of spiritual etiquette. Like the present, first century inhabitants were searching for results as well as credit once things improved. Thus, Jesus brings up proper and improper attitudes and motives. Listing a few current examples, Jesus exposes the impure. Essentially, Jesus suggests that prayer, fasting and money won’t change you current situation. Rather, as soon as individuals make the decision to seek God first, everything else will begin to fall into place within this life.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own, Matthew 6:34.
Unfortunately, the Name and Claim It Crowd, also known as the Prosperity Gospel, have overlooked one crucial word, righteousness. God’s nature can not exist without it. Thus, as Christians leave a negative imprint on society, members of the media are doubting the Lord’s ability to fix America’s decaying morality. True progress lies in an unswerving devotion to trust God for daily bread, basic essentials to survive. While this mental state is possible to achieve, few have the faith to endure the storms of life. Therefore, the next time someone tries to limit God’s power, remember you have to seek before you can peek at the blessings the Lord has in store for you in the future, Proverbs 3:5-6.
by Jay Mankus