It’s easy to encounter situations like these and think that they don’t apply to our lives. It seems so extreme but I believe there is a little bit of the “hoarder” in each of us. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”. He asks us to live and operate in a different way; we are to trust God to supply that which we need for each day and not hang on so tightly to everything else.
This is a challenge, isn’t it? Look what happens the first time the Israelites were given daily bread:
“When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” … Moses said to them “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat… Each one is to gather as much as he needs … No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.” (Exodus 16:14-20)
Can you see yourselves in this story? How many times do we thank God for providing what we need, and then hoard it because we’re just not sure if He will come through the next time? Our natural tendency is to build up buffers of stuff – food, money or other possessions – as protection against ever being in need. We need long-term training to be comfortable with daily bread; I don’t think it comes naturally.
As we are the process of learning this, reminders are very valuable. At the Gospel Coalition conference last weekend, Tim Keller quoted John Newton saying, “Everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds.”
Think on those words for a while. Can we trust God to supply us with everything that is “needful” to our physical, mental and emotional well-being, and not pine over the things He is withholding?
“… the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. Matthew 6:32-34
If we seek Him first, we will gain what we need to live.
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:32-35
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread…
Blessings on you as you learn to rely on Him,
Director of Women’s Ministries