Is Daily Bread Really Enough?
First of all let me start by saying that this is a therapeutic post for me.
Recently, I jumped into the realm of daily bread living. I stepped down from a steady and good job at a church to pursue other things God has laid on my heart. Needless to say it has not been easy. Some bills have had to wait their turn and yet through it all God has faithfully provided. My kids are healthy, happy and well fed (oh yeah, and I haven’t missed a meal yet either).
Many times over the past few months I have found myself praying desperate prayers for God’s wisdom and provision. On one of these occasion of prayer I felt a strong sense of God saying to my heart (not verbally), “Matt, as long as you remember that ‘I AM’ your portion, you will always have enough.”
What a great perspective this has been for me lately. Whether we are of great wealth, living paycheck to paycheck or are completely without any means… Jesus is your portion! What value is there in gaining the whole world… having plenty of food on the table and yet not have Christ?
Matthew 6:11 “Give us each day our daily bread.” When asked by his disciples to teach them to pray, this was included as a powerful reminder and calling. What Jesus did not teach them to pray was, “Give us the next years bread.” Not only that but not even the next 6 months, month or even week’s bread. “Give us each day our daily bread.”
This is not a call to laziness or to become dependent upon others. This is a calling to dependance on Christ. It is the posture of the heart that says, each and every day, “God your are my portion, provide for my needs today.” I would go as far as to say that this calling/invitation, includes even the wealthiest of people. Because we may have enough food and funds for the next month or even year does not excuse us from a life of faith and dependence upon God’s provision.
Later on in Matthew 6:25-27 Jesus encourages his followers with this, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
This, like so many other circumstances, God is using to make us COMPLETE, lacking nothing. A life of dependance is really the only life that pleases God. We will not “grow up” one day and be independent of our Heavenly Father. To become COMPLETE is the highest calling. Is a calling to be like Jesus.
1 Tim 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
What circumstances in your life have caused you to become more dependent upon God? Leave a comment and let us know.