As I’ve been reading the Book of Matthew, in Chapter 6 three themes stood out to me.
The first is found in Matthew 6:8
“…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
I noticed that Jesus repeated this also towards the end of the chapter in verses 31-32,
“Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.”
I’m reminded of Israel in the wilderness when I read these verses. Three things are mentioned here. Food, drink, and clothing. God gave them food when they needed it (Exodus 16), water from the rock when they thirsted…more than once… (Exodus 17, Numbers 20), and it says that their clothes never wore out or got old (Deuteronomy 8:4)!
In Deuteronomy 2:7 it says: “For the Lord your god has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows you walking through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.”
God supplied all their need and promises to do that for us too:
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19
Something else I noticed in Matthew 6 was that Jesus wants us to be focused on HIM alone. In verses 18-21 Jesus talks about storing up treasure in heaven and says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (verse 21)
And in Matthew 6:24:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in.)”
I can see this principle in Matthew 6:33 as well:
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all his kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things will be given you besides.”
Jesus wants us to have a singular focus…on Him alone! He will work out all the rest.
Finally, a phrase continually mentioned in Matthew 6 is “Your father who sees in secret”
Matthew 6:4 “…your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:6 “…your Father Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.
Matthew 6:18 “…your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you in the open.”
I think God’s concern here is not so much us trying to do everything secretly… but that our heart attitude and focus would be on Him, rather than men. This is a good reminder that God wants us not to seek man’s approval, but to live and work before Him!
“Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).” – Galatians 1:10