Romans 14:17 AMP; [After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
How many of us have had the occasion to pray the Lords prayer? “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Countless times, right? Even unbelievers have probably heard it at sometime in their lives. The part, “Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” I pray daily over my own life. But what does it mean? Paul says that it’s not a matter of food and drink, or getting the things you want or need, instead it is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Let’s break down the word righteousness if we may. The amplified shows it as being in a state that makes a person acceptable to God. That does not mean that because I live in Florida, I’m acceptable to God, in case you were wondering! I’ve also heard it defined as being in right standing with God. I would like to make this statement; when you know who you are and whose you are, you have peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Why? Because now we have the understanding that it’s not because of what we do, that makes us right with God, it’s because of what Jesus did that forever makes us right with God. We don’t have to do a thing but know that we ARE the righteousness of God in and through Jesus Christ.
That right there is pivotal in whether we keep our peace and joy or constantly struggle and strain to get what we need. Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” So I’m merely to seek to live my life knowing that I’m in right standing with God, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill me with His peace and joy, then everything I need will be added to me. WOW! That’s a full time job right there, isn’t it!
I was just telling Walt the other day, when our girls were little, they never worried about clothing or food. Even when he was out of work and we had very little, they never gave a thought to what we would eat for dinner. They were children and they relied on us to take care of them. It didn’t affect the way they played with their friends. It never kept them from laughing and singing. They still wanted me to read them stories and play hide and seek with them. (P.S., never play hide and seek with a mom who has attention deficit disorder, LOL) You see what I’m saying, right? Knowing who our Father is and trusting His provision, brings us peace and joy. Not the kind the world has, but the kind that only He can give.
Father, thank you for making me righteous. I don’t have to do right to get right, I AM right because Jesus did right. Because of that wonderful gift, I can sit with You and You sing over me, read to me, talk to me and laugh with me. You’ve given me joy unspeakable. You’ve surrounded me with peace, loving kindness and tender mercies. I walk in health and prosperity because that is how it is in Heaven and it’s how you intended me to live on earth. Each time I sit with you, I come away with greater understanding of your intentions for me. How I love you, Daddy. Today, I trust you to keep me in your perfect peace as I keep my mind on You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen