September 22, 2009

Daily Bread

Written by Boyd Bailey

Daily Bread… “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty or riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8

Why is it necessary for the follower of Jesus Christ to focus his faith on daily bread? One compelling reason is it defines our dependency on Him. It is the intuitive need to keep our soul empty of sin’s enticements– lies, laziness and greed, and our body full of food– daily bread. Jesus taught His disciples to pray this way, “Give us today our daily bread. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:11, 13).

Can we really make it successfully through life without the Lord’s loving leadership, compassionate comfort, and wise rebukes? Of course not! A life left un-tethered from holy reliance is aimless and only interested in fulfilling fleshy desires the world’s way. In contrast, a man or women with an appetite for the Almighty “hungers and thirsts for righteousness” (Matthew 5:5). There is an innate passion–born at regeneration– to engage everyday with a prayerful posture of dependency on your Provider in heaven.

Your dispenser of daily bread is totally trustworthy with a track record of giving to His children all that they need. Are you content with Christ’s daily provisions? Or do you still struggle with wanting to prescribe to Providence your wants and wishes? Peace comes when we receive His prescriptions for living and leave the unknowns in His hands. His part is to give daily bread and our part is to gratefully receive His daily bread.

When you live in-between affliction and riches you live in an authentic position to serve others. Most people can relate to your life when you are transparent about your own struggles, fears and successes. Leverage your dependency on the Lord as a model to lead others to love the Lord more than their life. Daily bread is an excuse to engage others.

It is your need for His daily bread that deepens your faith and broadens your influence. Therefore, wake up each day grateful for God’s goodness and the glory of His provisions. Am I satisfied with His daily bread? Do I feed off of faith in Jesus and faithful living? “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (Job 23:10). His daily bread deepens your dependency on Him.

Related Readings: Genesis 28:20; Psalm 119:29-37; Luke 11:3; 1 Timothy 6:6-8

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