Our Daily Bread (Weekend Devotional)

November 17, 2012 | Tags: ,

Give us today our daily bread.

Matthew 6:11

You may know these familiar words if you’ve spent time in church reciting the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. Lately, God has had me focus on verse 11 and what it truly means. And it’s profound.

Consider the situation with Moses and the Israelites in Exodus 16. By this point, they had fled from the Egyptians, seeing the miraculous deliverance of God in parting the Red Sea so they could cross. They even sang to the Lord afterward, “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him” (Ex. 15:2).

However, they quickly forgot how powerful God was when He tested them for the first time in the wilderness. First, they had no water. Then, they had no food. And they grumbled against the Lord and against Moses. They quickly lost their faith, even after they sang praises to Him for His deliverance! Can we see some of the Israelites in ourselves today? Did we see an amazing work of God in our lives yesterday, only to grumble and worry today about how He’ll provide for us?

The bottom line: We want to know everything today. We want to know God’s plan and how it will all work out today. But that’s not how God generally operates in our lives. He wants us to trust Him today that He will provide, and not worry about tomorrow. We are to walk with Him today, one moment at a time. That’s the key to peace–trusting in the presence of Jesus at this moment, resting in Him, and knowing He will carry us to the next one when the time comes.

We ask God today for our daily bread knowing it’s exactly what He’ll provide. Listen to the manner in which God provided bread for the Israelites in the desert:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.” (Exodus 16:4)

He gave them enough for that day only. And when they ate, they were full. They didn’t have to worry about gathering enough for the next day (except on the day before the Sabbath), because God was going to provide enough for that day. And the next. And the next. For 40 years. And that’s what God did, never changing once.

God wants you to enjoy His presence and provision today, letting go of the fear and worry that you won’t have what you need tomorrow. In Christ, you will. It’s a promise. Rest today in what He’s provided for you. Thank Him for your daily bread. Enjoy Him and praise His Holy Name! He is God, and He is everything you need today and for all eternity.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1 NLT)

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. (John 6:35)

By Courtney Silberman

Photo courtesy of Cindy Wyatt. To read her beautiful poetry called “Jesus is the Bread of Life” please click here.

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