Daily Bread To The Full
The Lord’s Prayer has been on replay in my mind lately, specifically “Give us this day our daily bread.” Looking ahead to all that has to be done overwhelms my life. When I look at each day, I may feel somewhat troubled, but when I observe the week on my calendar, and especially the month, I could break out into hives. So, I’ve tried to focus more on the day at hand, asking for strength, provision and guidance for each day. In doing so, I’ve thought back to the Israelites wandering in the desert. Here is Exodus 16 in its entirety, but I want to share a portion:
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”
Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked towards the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. And the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’” Exodus 16:4-12
The Lord gives us our fill daily. More is often the case, but never less.
When we seek him for help, we are able to see his provision and declare that He is the Lord our God.
What I’ve realized is that in asking for help, I’m more aware that I’ve received help. When I’m aware that I’ve received help, I’m grateful. I’m also overwhelmed, but not with despair, with awe. The Lord is faithful to give today what is needed for today.