“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“ (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)
God desires to bless us abundantly beyond all we could dream up. He wants to pour out upon us from His treasury and heart, yet many of us have been trying of our own strength and knowledge to protect our lives from loss and hardship.
Recently I was awakened in the early morning hours and unable to sleep. Not so ironically, I found a large hole in our sheets when I awoke. I knew it had not been there before, but it was too large to have happened so quickly. As I got up, giving up on going back to sleep, the above verse from Matthew 6 came to mind.
I felt God saying that blessings were coming, that they were hovering over us, ready to be released, but that I needed to repent for trying to protect us from lack in a natural way instead of trusting in Him and consulting Him first. This was an additional emphasis on what the Lord has been saying to us through others recently, with a message that came during a Prophetic Roundtable held for our region. Father God is so good to remind us of what He wants to communicate, pushing His truth and love deeper into our hearts.
We must seek not to store up for our own protection or gain, hoping to avoid calamity and loss. We need to trust our good, good Father to provide for us as our great Shepherd and Provider. We need to seek Him in our preparation and life choices, obeying what He leads us to do and pursuing Him wholeheartedly. He promised to Israel that His plans for them were for a hope and a future, not for calamity or evil, and this He spoke to them (as was recently pointed out to me) in the very midst of their captivity (Jeremiah 29:4-14)! So too, He cares for us who have called upon the name of His Son Jesus.
Above all our vision must be one with His: To store up treasures in Heaven and to partner with Him in expanding His Kingdom on the earth. As we seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, we must believe the promise He has made to us that when we do so, all else will be added unto us:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NASB)
During the Roundtable a few weeks back, the Lord spoke these truths to us through the above Scriptures as well as through the book of Haggai from the Old Testament (I highly recommend reading the entire book in its two chapter entirety during this season):
“You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.“ (Haggai 1:9 NASB)
This is a very good season in which the Lord has brought this truth to a deeper place in our hearts, and so let each of us ask, seeking His answer and obeying what He says: What is my part in helping to building Your house and seek Your Kingdom first? And expect to be blessed beyond what you already have been, seeing the signs and wonders following you as you go forth with Jesus’ heart and vision!