Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.
I encourage you today to take a few extra moments and read the Scriptures from our Manna for Today. They will strongly reinforce the validity of the truth I share with you, especially the Ecclesiastes passage. There we read about casting your bread upon the waters. It speaks clearly to the issue of reciprocity in the kingdom of God, and perhaps even moreso to the issue of being a channel for the abundance of the Lord to flow through you to others in need. By speaking of casting “bread,” it is clear the passage addresses physical needs which include food, clothes, and shelter. But as we have already examined in recent days, there is also the application of “bread” that includes the wisdom of God as the bread of life, healing that is the children’s bread, and the bringing of unity to the body of Christ.
Now while there was a time when items like bread, fish, crops, and livestock were exchanged in a bartering manner, in today’s world, at least in countries like the United States, bartering has generally been replaced by using a nation’s currency for purchase of daily needs, requirements, or desires. In other words, we simply buy it. And in many cases, if we want to help someone who is in need of food, clothes, or shelter, we aid them by giving them the money they need to make the purchases they need.
In the Ecclesiastes passage, we read of “casting your bread” upon “waters.” The term “waters” is often used as a reference to different people groups. When we read that passage in the light of a reference to people, add to it our Text for Today, and then include Scriptures that teach us about the laws of reciprocity, it becomes very clear that we are talking about reciprocity, or giving. To that end, allow me to ask you a question. How often to we arise, and when we go to prayer, ask the Lord to provide, not only what we personally need that day, but to provide to us necessary finance that we would have it in our possession, or at least in our control, to give to others as it would please the Lord? I personally think that such prayer is rather rare. Perhaps we should give it greater consideration, especially in light of God’s Word.
Consider these statements. Give and it shall be given unto to you. When we give according to a specific command of the Lord concerning amount and the place to give, the Word guarantees us 100-fold return. If you want to reap daily, you must sow daily. While these are very simple and easily understood statements, their simplicity should not cause one to dismiss their grave importance. God’s laws of reciprocity are just that, laws. And when we consider how they apply to “daily bread,” it seems it would be wise to put them to work.
Manna for Today – Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Luke 6:38; Mark 10:29-30; Proverbs 19:17