GIVE US THIS DAY our daily bread and just gather a certain quota. Jesus teaches us how to pray in a very popular set of Scriptures called the “Beatitudes”:
“In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
Interesting enough, this is not new teaching. Many do not understand the OT Scriptures and think that Jesus was teaching a new idea. He revealed to the people the true meaning of God’s laws because His people had made them into something God had never intended. The people had taken and twisted the laws of God and the leaders of the people made these twisted laws into doctrine. Jesus revealed the true intent of God’s law, correcting the twisted views of the people. God has always told us to love our neighbor and do good to those who abuse us. This is not new. Neither is it a new thing that God wants to provide for us daily. This concept is found in the very beginning of Israel becoming a nation.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” Exodus 16:4
Just gather a certain quota. Relying on God for a daily provision is a test. Will you trust God to supply what you need today? Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not promised. God is the “I am”, He is ever present and He operates in the here and now. Make no mistake, He knows what He will do in the future, but that’s not for us to be concerned about. He asks us to rely on Him for our daily needs. This does not seem like much of an ask, but many fail miserably. We know the children of Israel failed in this one thing. Those who were lazy didn’t gather the amount they were told to gather and those who were fearful gathered too much. It seems like an easy thing to obey in, but do you pass this simple test?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:31-34
Just gather a certain quota. Seems like an easy thing: trust Him for what He is doing right now, this very day. Do what the Lord asks of you to do today, no more or no less. It’s a simple test. Are you lazy or fearful? This test will reveal your heart. Will you obey or are you too concerned for what tomorrow will bring?
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