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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We need to seek His Kingdom.

The LORD instructed Elijah to camp out by a brook so he could ride out the three-year drought.  God delivered meat and bread to Elijah by sending ravens with the food.

But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. Then the LORD said to Elijah, "Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you." (1 Kings 17:7-9 NLT)

Elijah followed the LORD’s instructions and asked the widow for food and water.  She told Elijah that she and her son had enough flour and oil for one cake of bread.  Then, they would be out of food, too.  Elijah told her to make bread for all three of them and that God would provide flour and oil so they would never run out.  She followed the LORD’s instructions through Elijah, trusting God to provide.

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:29-31 ESV)

We established yesterday that we all need water to drink, food to eat, and covering to protect us from the elements.  Jesus taught us, though, that God will provide these things for us if we will seek His Kingdom first.  That’s what Elijah did.  That’s what the widow did.

There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:16 NLT)

How about you?  Do you pursue needs like water, food, and covering?  Or, do you seek God’s Kingdom and Righteousness, trusting Him to provide for your needs?