Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shepastor: "Give Us This Day..."

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

"Give us this day our daily bread," is a simple phrase couched within the "Model Prayer." Jesus gave these words as part of a prayer he taught, when the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. Although simple, this short phrase is VERY profound. While many simply consider these words with regard to physical food, I believe Jesus was speaking of something much greater.

As humans, one of our greatest dilemmas is that we cannot see the future. We can dream, dread, plan, ignore, consider and prepare, in some ways, for the future. But we cannot see or know the future. In our great quest for this knowledge, some have resorted to consulting "sooth sayers," psychics, and cards with special symbols. Sometimes, the Lord in His grace and mercy shows us "glimpses" of the future through dreams and the whispers of His precious Holy Spirit. He has refrained, however, from giving us the "blow by blow" details. Jesus himself said, "I have much to tell you, but you cannot bear it now..." (John 6:12). Jesus knows that if he tells us too much too soon, we would not be able to handle or absorb the contents.

Jesus knows that if we knew somethings...some hurdles we'd have to cross, some sorrows we'd have to bare, some tragedies we'd have to face, some triumphs we'd ultimately win...that we would not press forward and cultivate the faith he desires that we have. Our faith pleases the Lord. Our perseverance, hope and trust develop our "spirit being" and character. Therefore, the Lord has taught us to simply pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."

We have today. Tomorrow is not promised. May we in wisdom seek the Lord's bread daily. Knowing that His sustenance is enough.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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