Jesus knew it would be our tendency to run after the things we need. But see, He doesn't deny that we need them. The Word says He knows that we need these things.
He just knows there is a better way to have them that is not so frenzied and chaotic. There is the Way of the Prince of Peace. His Way is always the best way, the holy way, the way of love and truth and hope.
And He says we don't have to live in fear or distraction or busyness or obsession. We can live in peace. We can live in Him.
I am still learning the how. I think it begins with the dailyness of Jesus. We can't stock up on Jesus like a weekly trip to Costco. He gives us what we need day by day. We only receive it when we make room for Him, when we meet Him, in each moment.
We need to invite Him into our day and ask Him to show us.
How do we seek Your Kingdom?
How do we receive Your provision?
And invite Him to show you where you are substituting anything for Him.
Jesus, show us where we are filling our lives with things other than You. Teach us how to fall at Your feet and not run after the things You want to freely give us. Teach us how to be seekers of Your kingdom and not rulers of our own small worlds. Thank you that You love to teach us, and that You are the giver of all good gifts. Amen.