I still find my corrupt heart longing for tomorrow's bread… It's a little frightening to pray for TODAY's bread. That means I must pray again for tomorrow and believe again for tomorrow. My greedy heart is willing to be corrupted by a little bit of riches so that I see my warehouse full of loaves. I can make a good argument about how God won’t have to be bothered with me every day if He would only advance me about ten years worth of bread.
Exodus 16:4; 15-21
4 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.
15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[a] For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer,[b] according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’” 17 And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
Surely God could have saved Himself some trouble by making manna with a longer shelf life. As it was, He had to provide it new and fresh every day. With all the duties that come with being the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe, who has time to make daily bread?
He does. And He delights in doing it, because He knows one day at a time is all that's good for us. Take a moment to consider this: you're worth the extra trouble that comes with providing daily bread.
If yesterday’s text answered the question, “Will God provide for me?”, today’s text answers the question, “How will God provide for me?” The answer: One day at a time.
And since that's how God chooses to care for us, we should enjoy our bread one day at a time. Eat today's bread. Open your eyes and see what He has provided for you today, and trust God for enough again tomorrow—when that day comes.
When Jesus' disciples wanted to learn how to pray, He taught them to ask for daily bread. Let's pray Jesus' model prayer today, and when you get to the part about "daily bread," pause to specifically ask the Father for everything you need today.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
Take a few moments to ask God to meet your needs for "this day." What specifically do you need physically? mentally? emotionally? spiritually? Remember, you are talking to your Provider, so ask boldly.
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Before closing this devotion, take a moment and bring to mind one thing—at this moment—that you are thankful for. And thank God for it.