But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
It’s an easy choice for a refrigerator magnet, but it’s a hard command to obey in the middle of a pandemic. Right now, the most obvious choice in the world is to worry about what we will eat…or what we will wear. We are quite literally worried about food shortages and medical mask shortages. And yet we are commanded not to worry about those things, but rather to seek the kingdom of God as our first priority. This is a test and an opportunity. As God’s people we must prioritize his kingdom over the normal provisions and comforts of this life. That doesn’t mean we don’t shop for groceries or take normal medical precautions; it doesn’t mean we stop working or don’t ponder wise material or economic provisions for our families. It DOES mean that we must not be motivated by the belief that our future security is up to our current planning. It DOES mean that we don’t trust our own ingenuity or preparations or skill or strength or pantry supplies. We trust the Lord and we seek to serve him. We serve him by minds that are peace in a world marked by fear. We serve him by finding ways to love our family rather than giving into impatience and selfishness in a season when we are “required” to be home together. We serve him by finding ways to love our church community even though we can’t gather together. We serve him by witnessing to his glory and gospel to neighbors, relatives, and friends who don’t know Him as Savior and Lord. We seek the kingdom of God as our first priority, reject worry, and use this moment as a display of his Supreme glory. We get first things first.