19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:19-21,33-34 (N.I.V)
A Promise of Happiness
If you are frequent T.V. watcher or a user of the internet, you will see a lot of advertisements for certain products or services. What do all these advertisements have in common? They all claim that we need a certain item or service to be happy.
An Unfulfilled Promise
This world that we live in is consumed with the possession of goods or the acquisition of services. People believe the promises of the ads they see and purchase the goods they sell believing that once they have them, they will finally be happy. However, once people have the item they want, they immediately stress over having more stuff. If what the ads say are true, then why do people continue seeking more?
Jesus reveals that the promises that these sellers give are but empty ones. He warns us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth. The possessions we acquire do not last. The “moth and rust” break them down until they are useless to us, and then we have to go out and get more. Furthermore, material possessions are also vulnerable to theft by those who have the same craving as we do.
Pursuit of Satisfaction
All of us are in pursuit of the thing that will satisfy us. In our hearts, we have a feeling of emptiness that must be filled. Most people try to fill that void with material things. However, when we set our hearts to pursuing the treasures of this world, we are left feeling more empty and sad than we were before we set off to get more stuff.
Pursuing God’s Kingdom
So if the pursuit of treasures on earth isn’t the answer, then what is it that can make us whole? Again, Jesus gives us the answer. The ultimate treasure, He explains, is the pursuit of God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
When we set our sights on God and in His ways, we will discover the Almighty’s provision. He will give to us all we need to make us satisfied. Now this does not necessarily mean that the Almighty will give us the things that we want or the things that we think we need. Such thinking makes God comparable to a some kind of divine vending machine; and that is very offensive.
Our Father Provides
Instead, we ought to view the Lord as our heavenly Father, who knows what is good for us and knows when would be the right time to give us these gifts. He may not give us what we want and He may not grant to us the things that we need. Nevertheless, we must trust the judgement of our Lord for He knows our destiny far better than we do.4
Trust in God and Worries Will Fade
When we pursue God and His righteousness, our worries about things begin to diminish. We no longer stress over not having enough because we trust the Lord will take care of us. Therefore, let us stop believing in the lies that the world sells to us and trust in the Lord and obey His will. For in His will, our emptiness is filled.