BIBLE MEDITATION: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (KJV)
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: What if God gave us all of our blessings in advance, would we be happy? Think about it; would it be a blessing or a curse?
Would your life be better if you received your entire year’s paycheck on the first day of the year? If you received all of your Social Security checks, tax refunds, rents due, allowances, retirement funds, dividends, capital gains, loans repaid and even the $200 for passing “go,” would you be happier?
If you received five or six get out of trouble cards, a get out of jail free, card and two of three healing cards, along with a few bonus cards that contained 12 generic blessings that you could use at any time, would that make you happy?
What if after receiving your advanced blessing you also received instruction that you should live the Christian life of worship, praise and service as you normally do, but with the full knowledge that you have already received everything you are going to get? Would there be some Sunday’s you would miss worship? Would there be some nights that you neglect to pray? Would your bible study slip? Would you serve as diligently? Most of us would be seriously challenged if we received all of our blessings at once, especially if we received them in advance. God knows our weaknesses and our strengths, that’s probably the reason that he doesn’t give us everything we ask for at the same time; many of us would mismanage it so badly that we would become beggars in an instant. When Israel traveled in the wilderness God supplied them with bread and meat, one day at a time. With the exception of the Sabbath, in which allowed them to gather enough for two days, God provided what they needed one day at a time. They did not have warehouses for manna or stockpiled inventories of meat and bread ready to move from the desert warehouse; God issued it to them as they had need, one day at a time.
Today, God does the same for us. Knowing our weaknesses, he rations our blessings to us according to our ability to manage, one day at a time. He blesses us daily because we would use up our healing blessings on every small scratch. We’d spend our finance blessings on every new sale item. We would squander our emergency blessings on situations that we could easily handle ourselves. God sends us new blessings every day; just enough for that day. Lamentations 3:23 says, “They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
ACTION POINT: Praise God from whom all blessings flow that He supplies our daily bread. Our daily bread takes in the entire scope of essentials necessary for our survival and nurture. It is our food, clothing, shelter. It is our health, and state of mind. Our daily bread is our uninhibited opportunity to grow and mature.
Most importantly our daily bread is the daily presence of the spirit of God in our lives. Jesus reminded the Jews that the Israelites had manna in the wilderness but he is the bread from heaven that refreshes every believer.
When Jesus broke the bread and blessed the cup he reminded them that they symbolized the new covenant agreed, that every day he would be our bread and the power of his blood would forgive our sins.
John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
As our daily bread, he would be a lawyer for us in our courtroom!
As our daily bread, he would be a doctor for us in our sick room!
As our daily bread, he would be the enabling presence that would put food on our table! No wonder the song writer declared, "Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more!"
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