We’ve had quite a few hectic things happening in the last few years. We had a president sacked and we got a new president who is adamant to confiscate our property. And who of you can still remember the polony panic? Yes, we were actually afraid to eat polony! The listeria outbreak really scared us witless. And last but not least, there’s the Corona virus that not only turned this country, but the whole world upside-down.
So how am I supposed to handle all these very dangerous and unsure times? What are we supposed to do in a time of turmoil and political upheaval? What does the Bible really say about the negative things that are happening in South Africa?
There are those who see this as part of the apocalypse and they get excited because Jesus is coming soon. I personally don’t see this as a sign of the end of the world, but that is just my opinion. And if Jesus does come back in the next few days or months then I am still saved because I gave my life to Christ many years ago. At the same time, if Jesus comes back in a hundred years and I die before then, I am still going to be with Him. So no matter which way you look at it, I am saved and will enter the heavenly gates one day with rejoicing in my heart.
But I am still breathing and so are you. What are we to do now? Well, the Bible is clear. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says that we should seek first the kingdom of God and all these other things will be added. The “other things” He refers to are food and clothing. We are not to worry about anything. We are to trust God and put Him first and He will look after us.
The passage says that our Father in heaven knows what we need and He will supply it. God sees everything. He is not caught off-guard by President Cyril Ramaphosa or any other worldly leader. God is not surprised by the outbreak of Covid-19 or the BLM riots.
We can worry about all these things and even other matters that are issues in your life and in mine, or we can seek the kingdom of God.
Now I for one will do the latter. I hear you say, ‘Charles how do you seek the kingdom of God? Isn’t it heaven?’ For many years Christians believed that the Bible is referring to heaven when it speaks of the kingdom of God. But that is not necessarily so. The word kingdom is an old English word referring to the king’s domain. It is the area where the king rules. Over the years we shortened it to kingdom. In the Biblical sense it is the heart of man where God sits on the throne. In other words seeking the kingdom of God, is making God your king. He should take command of our lives – that is the kingdom of God.
The easiest way to paraphrase this passage is to say: make God king of your life and He will make sure that you have all you need. Will you trust Him with your life or will you worry and stress about all the bad things in this world?