Our Daily Bread
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11, KJV
“Momma, I’m hungry,” little Abigail pulled on her momma’s dusty tunic.
“Shush, little one. We are all hungry.”
“Back in Egypt we didn’t have to worry about food. The pots had meat enough for us all,” grumbled Abigail’s father.
The waves of discontent rumbled through the empty stomachs and out of the mouths of the Hebrew children. How quickly they had forgotten the faithfulness and power of the Lord God who had brought them out of Egypt. They had forgotten the triumph of the Red Sea where Moses and the voices of the children of Israel sang the Lord’s praises.
“Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said,
I will sing to the LORD,
for He is highly exalted;
the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”
Exodus 15:1,2; NASB
Time and again the Lord God proved his faithfulness to his wayward children.
When they were hungry He gave them angel’s food—
“Yet He commanded the clouds above,
And opened the doors of heaven;
And He rained down manna upon them to eat,
And gave them food from heaven.
Man did eat the bread of angels;
He sent them food in abundance.”
The children of Israel’s story did not end well for them. Their lust for the flesh could not be filled. They repeatedly forgot God’s wonderful works, His compassion, His mercy, and His power.
“And again and again they tempted God,
And pained the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember His power,
The day when He redeemed them from the adversary.”
Psalm 78:42, NASB
God doesn’t change—faithful He was, faithful He is, and faithful He will always be to his holy name.
And to us, He has given a greater witness of his power than Moses—
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling,
the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.
He was faithful to Him, who appointed Him,
as Moses also was in all His house.
For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses,
by just so much as the builder of the house
has more honor than the house.”
He has redeemed us from a greater adversary than Pharaoh—
“Since then the children share in flesh and blood,
He Himself likewise also partook of the same,
that through death
He might render powerless him who had the power of death,
that is the devil …
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable;
and this mortal will have put on immortality,
then will come about the saying that is written,
‘DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?
O DEATH WHERE IS YOUR STING?’
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
And He fed us the bread of eternal life—
“Jesus therefore said to them,
‘Truly, truly, I say to you,
it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven,
but it is My Father
who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven,
and gives life to the world …
I am the living bread that came down out of heaven;
if anyone eats of this bread,
he shall live forever;
and the bread also which I shall give
for the life of the world is My flesh.’”
John 6:32,33, 51.
If God was displeased with the children of Israel for their disbelief in Him, think how much greater His displeasure is when we refuse the witness of His Son. We have been given a day of salvation, a day of rejoicing.
“I shall give thanks to thee, for Thou hast answered me;
And Thou hast become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it …
And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God
and the song of the Lamb, saying,
‘Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God,
the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways,
Thou King of the nations.
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?
For Thou alone art holy;
For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE,
For Thy righteous acts have been revealed.”
Psalm 118:21-24; Revelation 15:3-4
God has given us this day our daily bread.
For Reflection: It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the events of the world around us. It’s what we see and hear throughout our day. Praise and thanksgiving have to be intentional or be swallowed up in the grumblings and disbelief of the world. Let’s make an intentional choice to think on the wonderful works of our Lord, His abundant supply of our daily bread.