Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.
As I write this, I am reminded of Israel’s time in the wilderness between Egyptian captivity and arrival in the promised land. It was during that time that our God provided them with manna to eat for a time. That manna, often thought of as bread from heaven, would be found on the ground six days per week, with enough being found on day six to supply Israel on the seventh day, as well. If those who daily collected it thought to collect a double portion on one day to save their labor for the next day, the next day found the manna rotted in the container in which they placed it. It was a clear indication from Father God that manna was a food that had to be collected daily.
The imagery that comes to mind is the human need for fresh food. While we have many ways to preserve foods today by freezing, drying, canning, etc., the fact remains that man still needs fresh food in some way on a daily basis to remain healthy. Our preserving techniques are simply ways of maintaining freshness over a period of time so that the foods we ingest are fresh, thus maintaining some of their “alive” status.
Just as we need daily measures of God’s Word to keep our faith strong and growing, we need a certain measure of fresh food to keep our bodies strong and growing, or if already grown, freshly supplied with new cell growth to stay alive. In light of our daily needs, learn a principle of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is . . .” Note closely, it does NOT say, “Faith is,” or “Faith was,” or “Faith will be.” Once again, it says, “Now faith is . . .” “Faith” is a force of the present tense. It is by faith that we receive that for which we ask when we believe, NOT when we see. And faith is NOW! NOT a few seconds ago, or in a few seconds. Faith is NOW! NOW is this present instant. In an instant from NOW, it will be a while ago. And every instant before us is the future, with every instant we enter being our NOW. What I am indicating is you always need faith NOW. What will be needed tomorrow is hope, and that which was needed yesterday is experience. Faith is ALWAYS NOW!
In our Text for Today, we read, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus spoke to us in the light of “Now faith is” when He said, “Take no thought for tomorrow, what you should eat or drink, or what you shall wear. Sufficient unto today is the evil that is present.” What you need is your bread for today, regardless of the form it takes. You don’t want tomorrow’s bread today, and yesterday’s bread is already gone. Just a note here…if you want bread daily, sow daily.
Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13