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Thoughts on the Lords Prayer - Part 3
Give us This Day, Our Daily Bread
Continuing on with the Lord's Prayer. We are up to the phrase, Give us this day our daily Bread. Seven utterly profound words of Jesus that have a two-fold application: Spiritual and Natural.
Speaking of the Spiritual:
Matthew 4:4 tells us that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
We remember how that God fed Israel daily with manna from heaven while they were wandering in the desert. They were instructed to gather only enough for that day’s needs. Well, some of them tried to stockpile it and it spoiled and smelled. It’s the same way with our Christian walk and experience. We simply can’t live on yesterday’s blessing. It smells.
Jesus said that He was that living bread that came down from heaven and gave His life for the world - John 6:33. He is the living Word and He and He alone has what we need to get through each day without worrying about tomorrow. We need the Bread and word of Heaven that proceeds from the mouth of God to refresh us daily.
He has the hairs of our heads numbered and He reminds us that we are incapable of increasing or decreasing our height. He feeds the lilies and ravens, neither of which have storehouse or barn, but God in His provision provides for them and they reflect His glory.
Jesus the Bread of heaven gave His life for the world that we might live for Him and be reconciled to God - May we feast on this fact daily.
Going on to the natural:
Jesus in Matthew 6:25 said that we should take no thought for tomorrow, what we should eat or drink or what we are going to wear. He reminds us that life is more than food and our bodies more that raiment. He asks if we are not much better than the fowls of the air whom God feeds daily, even though they don’t store their food up in barns and storehouses. What a contrast He paints here. Jesus is simply saying that God has given us our life and our bodies,which are a very great treasure. He will never fail to give us the things that our life and our bodies need.
When Jesus said, "take no thought," He wasn’t telling us to sit and do nothing as we wait for dollars to fall from heaven and engulf us. Some teach that, but I don’t believe it. He is simply saying that we need to have a proper perspective between the temporal and the eternal.
In Luke 12:15 Jesus tells us to beware of covetousness because a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things that he possesses. We must be careful to rely on the Lord for our daily need - not to fulfill our never ending greed.
I’ll repeat that.
We must be careful to rely on the Lord for our daily need - not to fulfill our never ending greed.
You know, a few years back we had a lot of instant millionaires during the dot.com boom. Some of these folks became paupers overnight. We could wake up in the morning and find out that the government has devalued our almighty dollar. It has happened elsewhere. We can take great pride in our homes and then see them disappear before our eyes when we’re faced with something like Katrina, or a flood or tornado.
Nothing stays the same. Markets and world conditions change continually, which affects our jobs and livelihood. We can be up one day and down the next. While we are instructed to not be unduly worried about tomorrow, that does not rule out any forethought and planning. We see in John 12:7 that even Jesus made provision for some of the cost of His burial.
We can take our worries and concerns to the Lord and He will help us with the decisions that affect tomorrow. Proverbs 3:6 tells us that if we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, he will direct our paths.
May we remember the words of I Timothy 6:6 "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
May we rejoice and be grateful for God’s daily provision, both natural and spiritual. May we always remember that we are to lay up our treasure in heaven and not on this earth. Our earthly treasure can be stolen or destroyed. Our heaven treasure is eternal.
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HumorLaugh for the day. Here is a short clip of a song we are working on where the computer generated harmonies got out of whack. Sounds a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks.
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible...Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse.
Little Bobby was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm23 in front of the congregation, Bobby was very nervous.
When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my shepherd...and that's all I need to know!"
Somebody Has Said"Why do you need a voice when you have a verse." Jim Elliot
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