Saturday, June 06, 2009

Give Us Bread!

Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11

7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him?
Matthew 11:7-11
(Both Bible references are from the English Standard Version.)

Give Us Bread!

I had an interesting thought as I read through the verses shown above. How many of us really believe it? Do we really believe that our bread comes from God, and that if we just ask him for bread, he will give it to us? Now, think about that for a moment.

Yes, these verses are absolutely true! But, often, we Christians just give lip service to verses such as these. We know that it is our hard work that brings bread home for the family, right? Maybe we all have had a greater tendency to think along these lines as we see such an unstable world economy.

Let us first look at this issue: your hard work brings you bread. Who created you with the abilities you have? Who has given you good health so that you may continue to work? Who has kept your employer stable so that you do not have to worry about job security? You see, in reality, Christ controls all of the aspects surrounding your very lives (including weather); we only seem to realize that when things are taken away!

What if you are a Christian, and these things are taken away from you? How is God providing for you then? I do believe that, in the years to come, those of us who are acquainted with unbelievable prosperity (I am even talking about the low income people of America), God will show us the true difference between wants and needs. And, He will endow us with a better understanding of the command to go to Christ for our needs.

So, as you go about the duties of this day, do not forget to call out to God, "Give us bread."

God Bless You,

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