March 2009. my family is going through financial crisis, and I have suffered hunger, and God sent a verse about it. We have been losing weight even though we have food most of the time, which is a good thing, I think (an answer to prayer). During this time we are haing to trust in the Lord a LOT more, which is also an answer to prayer, although this is not quite what I had in mind. :-) after going through this for a while and doing a lot of praying for weeks wondering why God wasn't coming through all the time or sometimes not at all, I was doing my daily Bible going-thru-the-Bible-reading-a-chapter-a-day and this verse (3) practically jumped off the page: Deuteronomy 8:2-3.
If this can help anyone else, here it is.
2008-2009. This verse keeps coming to the forefront of my mind. Matthew 6:33
Clarke's commentary on this verse is especially interesting:
The seventh reason against these worldly cares and fears is-because the business of our salvation ought to engross us entirely: hither all our desires, cares, and inquiries ought to tend. Grace is the way to glory-holiness the way to happiness. If men be not righteous, there is no heaven to be had: if they be, they shall have heaven and earth too; for godliness has the promise of both lives. 1 Ti 6:3.
All these things shall be added unto you.] The very blunt note of old Mr. Trapp, on this passage, is worthy of serious attention.
All things shall be added. "They shall be cast in as an overplus, or as small advantages to the main bargain; as paper and pack-thread are given where we buy spice and fruit, or an inch of measure to an ell of cloth." This was a very common saying among the Jews: "Seek that, to which other things are necessarily connected."
"A king said to his particular friend, 'Ask what thou wilt, and I will give it unto thee.' He thought within himself, 'If I ask to be made a general I shall readily obtain it. I will ask something to which all these things shall be added:' he therefore said, 'Give me thy daughter to wife.' This he did knowing that all the dignities of the kingdom should be added unto this gift." See in Schoettgen.
To this verse, probably, belong the following words, quoted often by Clement, Origen, and \@Eusebius, as the words of Christ:\@
αιτειτεταμεγαλακαιταμικραυμινπροστεθησεται \~kai aiteite\~ ταεπουρανιακαιταεπιγειαπροστεθησεταιυμιν. "Ask great things, and little things shall be added unto you; ask heavenly things, and earthly things shall be added unto you."
May 2009: take no thought for your life...
this phrase is repeated several times in the sermon on the mount, and therefore that means we should be payiong attention!
and a set of related scriptures that ministered to me were (also in the sermon on the mount):