Bible Verse: Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-15
Do you love superhero movies? My family loves these stories of defeating villains and restoring justice. One problem, however, is the superheroes are often solo warriors. When two superheroes work together trust becomes an obstacle due to their big egos. And, the big bad guys in each of these movies have one consistent tactic: cast doubts and dissolve trusts.
In the Lord’s Prayer, asking the Abba Father for the daily bread does not come until the third point. The keyword is “daily,” which is not our daily wants, but daily needs or necessities. When Jesus taught this, the Jewish people probably recalled the stories of Exodus. In Exodus 15, shortly after the miracle at the Red Sea, the Israelites started to grumble and complain, “No water!” God gave them sweet water, and even led them to the beautiful place, Elim. But then just a month later, the Israelites grumbled again: “If we stayed in Egypt, we would at least had been stuffed with steak! … Moses, you are murdering us in the desert!” Such disrespect!
Being fugitives, the Israelites should be aware that no one goes camping with a seven-course meal and silverware?! God is again patient, “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” (Exodus 16:4). God gave the Israelites their daily bread.
Jesus is reminding His listeners to recall God’s grace. Jesus is reminding you to count His blessings.“Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus did not say “tomorrow,” “this week” nor “this year.” Just today. This is trust that God is Jehovah Jireh. Trusting others is never easy. Trusting someone whom we do not physically see is against our nature. But, this is faith. Pastor Francis Chan shared that he was once challenged: “What are you doing right now that requires faith?” He continued, “That question affected me deeply because at the time I could think of nothing in my life that required faith. … my life was neither ordered nor affected by my faith like I had assumed it was.”
Faith comes from trust. The Father is always in the business of building trust, but the enemy’s tactic is to dissolve it. Everything God has been doing is to increase our trust upon Him. Today, God wants you to just worry about today. Is there some “tomorrow” that you worry about? Leave tomorrow to God. Ask God to increase your faith so that you can see His daily manna.
Pray this old hymn: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
— William Hui, English Ministry Lead Pastor, Richmond Pacific Grace Church, Richmond, BC.
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