You know how it is. God gives you a scripture and it is burned like a brand upon your heart and mind. I am not talking about a memory verse, but one that has been planted in your spirit by God. As you go about the day to day, the same words keep coming to you. You face a challenge or difficulty, and the words literally jump up from your heart and jolt your brain. That scripture for me for the last 6 months has been Matthew 6:33.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33)
This word from God for me is amazing. Any time I start to doubt in our future, Sam's healing, our finances, the boy's behaviour, or my relationships with friends and family, this is God's answer. It is a rock solid promise and I hold onto it with everything I've got. When I speak it out loud I feel the fear and insecurity pick up tail and run. I love that it affirms who God is, and the simplicity of walking in the ways of Jesus.
Today I did some further research into the original meanings of the words before they were translated. I don't often do this but I was prompted. What I discovered both delighted me and challenged me.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else...
Seek means to look for; (latin word quaerite)
Kingdom of God means; kingly government, royal authority, kingship and royalty (latin word regnum)
all else means; first (latin word primus)
I always thought seeking the Kingdom of God meant to seek after the things of God. These words just made the meaning all the more richer. We are to be governed by the King, we are to exercise royal authority and act as royalty to seek God. This means that when troubles come we don't slink back and hide in a corner, we stand upright, lift our eyes to God and proclaim his government over earth, and over our problems. We bring the Kingdom down to touch earth! How awesome is this? I now love latin! This is where we speak our faith.
...and live righteously...
The latin words here mean to follow all of Gods laws, to walk in His ways (Latin words et iustitiam eius.). This is where we do our faith. And remember faith without works is dead (James 2:26)
...and he will give you...
The latin for these words was my favourite discovery. The word adicientur means to throw, cast to, fling at, put, put to or set near. I literally had to stop myself laughing to type this. God is saying speak and live your faith in Me and I will pitch what you need to you with great haste and urgency. I love this I can almost see God dispatching his angels with great haste to aid his royal children upon the earth. I also had the very comical picture of Jesus rolling up his sleeve, and pitching his help down to us from Heaven, but that is just my imagination. I can't help it if God made me weird! :)
...everything you need.
omnia, means all and every, and the words 'you need' come from the latin vobis which is also comical. It is a rhetorical kind of phrase meaning "Who knows more than you? I do." This is where God tells us that He knows what we need and he affirms that He is in control. I love this word and all that is implies.
I wonder if you have a verse that God has given you for a special season of your life? Please share if you would like. I would love to hear from you. I hope this hasn't been too heavy. The colourful language and the rich beauty and fullness it adds to God's promise to me, was something I wanted to share with you.