First, let us understand that both of these words can take two different forms in the English language, the noun form and the verb form. For our general purposes and in most contexts we are taking the verb forms of these words to express concepts in action. A walk or journey with Messiah Jesus is (or should be) a daily action of growth, as we journey (verb) through life with Christ. In that walk we should not only expect to be blessed as His word promises, but we should also be about His business of blessing (action verb) others as Christ also commands.
So imagine a life of journeying to bless others in the name of Messiah Jesus, the Christ! Your life could or would be a journey of growth and maturity in Christ so you can be a witness and blessing to others, thereby expanding and glorifying the Kingdom of G_d. See “The Great Commission” in Matthew 28:19,20.
One of the first steps in “the journey” can be found in Matthew 6:33,34 (AMP) which says, ”33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. 34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
What are “these things?” — In the verses prior Jesus talks about anxiety and worry, telling us not to be concerned about our life, whether food or drink will be available to sustain us, or we have clothes on our back. He states what we should already know: that worry will not add an hour to our lives. Further, He takes care of even the smallest of details of life we don’t even consider. He instructs us for focus our attention on the things that really do matter, and if we do, “all these things” will be taken care of so we can eagerly grow in our faith while focusing on His kingdom.
Stop reading and read no further. Take some time and find a quiet place undisturbed, open your bible and read Matthew 6:25-34. Pray over this scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the courage to take your focus off of the things of this world and to draw your complete attention to G_d and His will for your journey and your life. When you are done praying, read how Matthew Henry so profoundly describes this passage in his commentary below.
“There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life.
This often ensnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them.
Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for tomorrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them.
Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make worship your business:say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.”
Are you experiencing challenges in your life that seem overwhelming, the loss of a job, health problems, finances running short? Consider the possibility that G_d is allowing these things to happen in an attempt to draw you in to a place of dependency on Him. If so, spend more time with Him in prayer and in His word and less time worrying. This is harder than it sounds, at least at first. You will find, as you journey and grow in faith following the command (not a request) not to worry becomes easier as we claim His promises and start to depend on Him for sustenance. Start and end each day in prayer and supplication seeking first His will for you, your heart and mind.
© David Hall, 2015