A Table in the Wilderness

The Lord had instructed His followers not to “worry about your life, what you will eat…” (6:25). Instead, they are to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,” knowing that “all these things shall be added to you” (6:33).But notice the condition: We are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” In other words, to be fed by the Father through Jesus, we must, like this multitude, follow Him into the wilderness and continue there with Him. - We must follow Him into the wilderness of self-denial: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (16:24). The Lord will not long feed the habits of self-indulgence. Let the crowd pursue pleasure; we are to seek to die to self. - Nor will our holy Father support a life of sin. We must trace His footsteps into the wilderness of righteousness: “But seek first …His righteousness” (6:33). - We must continue with Him in the wilderness of solitary prayer: “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (26:40-41). _ Shall we not also go with Him into the wilderness of fasting? “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… and when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry” (4:1,2). - In a word, the promise of provision applies to those who are willing to “follow in His steps” by offering their lives as a “living sacrifice,” even unto death (1 Peter 1:21; Romans 12:1; Revelation 12:11).