The Provider of Daily Bread

Matthew 6:9-13  9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.   10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.  13And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The next part of this prayer says- Give us this day our daily bread. In the Aramaic translation of the Bible it says- Give us bread for our needs from day to day. God is a God of provision. Do you remember the children of Israel wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years? In Exodus 16 it says that God made manna or bread from heaven to appear each day for the people to eat.  They were only allowed to gather what they could eat for that particular day.  If they took too much it would go bad, but every morning new manna was on the ground. One of the greatest things we can learn from this story is this- The Israelites took 40 years to go somewhere that they should have been in a couple of weeks. God’s best plan would have been for them to be in the Promised Land a little quicker, but because of their disobedience, grumbling, complaining, etc…  they spent many years in the dusty, dry, desert. God provided for them for all of those 40 years. Their clothes didn’t wear out, their shoes didn’t wear out. They had food when they were hungry, water came from rocks when they were thirsty.  Their bad attitudes had no bearing on whether God took care of them, and just as God took care of the Israelites all those years ago, He takes care of us.  When we pray and ask Him to meet our needs, we are keeping ourselves in remembrance that He is our source.

Be encouraged that whether you’ve made some mistakes, had a bad attitude, been disobedient to the voice of God, He is still your provider and if you ask Him He will still give you your daily bread.

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