Daily Bread

by Joanna Pierce on April 06, 2017

And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no…And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan (Exodus 16:3–4, 35, KJV).

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As with anything in life, if we ignore something and don’t invest in it, problems will catch up with us. Small issues we could have handled along the way will turn into one large issue we’ll struggle to deal with. It’s hard to undo the damage of 1,000 missed chances. This relates to our spiritual life with God. If we take care of our walk with God, it will take care of us.

Scripture tells us we will be destroyed for a lack of knowledge, not because we have an absence of understanding, but because we reject and/or disregard knowledge (Hosea 4:6). We’ll ultimately be destroyed because we don’t know God.

Our walk with God must be shaped by continual, daily investment with Him. We must pursue Him daily, and be doers of His Word (James 1:22). If we don’t apply what we’ve heard and learned from Him, we won’t remember His truth. But, if we apply it, and seek after it daily, we’ll reap His promises (James 1:25).

Bread Varieties

In our example for prayer, Jesus instructed us to pray for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). God has many kinds of “bread” He wants to bestow upon His children. Our bread is the daily provision God puts into our lives that addresses our current need—bread for relationships, emotions, peace of mind, spiritual growth, and much more! God is our provider, and He wants to be able to feed us daily!

Bread’s Purpose

Jesus is the bread of life; if we go to Him we will never hunger (John 6:35). God wants to change our perception—we must understand we need Him for everything. And, in our pursuit of gleaning our daily bread, we learn our bread becomes an act of maintenance in our spiritual lives. Consistency is always the key in God’s kingdom (Psalms 61:8, 86:3; Acts 2:46–47). If we pursue God daily, God will add unto us and the church daily.

God has something specific He wants to invest in our lives every day. He provides a specific portion for us (Lamentations 3:24), and we need to step up to the table to get our nourishment for the day. Instead of getting frustrated with the onslaught of life, seek the bread that will sustain and give us strength throughout the day.

How to Seek Our Bread—Carrying Our Cross

Jesus said we must take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). This is a willful act of submission toward God. Jesus revealed a powerful, but simple truth—if we are going to follow Him, we must die out to ourselves daily through a multitude of ways:

Praying

We’re told numerous places in Scripture to pray first (Psalms 5:3) and then not to stop (I Thessalonians 5:16). Praying first in our day ensures we don’t pray reactionary prayers to what we’ve encountered that day. God wants to be in charge from the beginning of our day. Praying about everything in life will help lead us into the right position and to glean the right portion of bread.

Reading (Eating) the Word

When we seek our daily bread, and a specific Word from God, we should see what His Word already says first! His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths (Psalms 119:105). Because Jesus is the bread of life, His Word will provide the daily nourishment we need to press on.

Fasting

Fasting is not a diet, and is not for show; it’s completed in private (Matthew 6:18). We replace physical food with a spiritual effort to feed our spiritual man which must be renewed daily.

What Causes Us to Skip the Bread

Spiritual Laziness

Israel, when in the wilderness, were instructed to gather the manna daily (Exodus 16:16). It’s easy to comprehend what God has asked us to do, but harder to actually do it. We get tired of the daily pursuit. It’s work to maintain any relationship, but we need to make sure we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Failure to See God’s Provision

We fail to see the many blessings God places in our lives. We don’t realize every good gift comes from our Father in heaven. When we don’t seek God on a continual basis, we don’t realize how His blessing stop manifesting in our lives. We need to consider the daily “manna” we’re missing if we don’t seek Him.

Attitude of Independence

After God instructed Israel to gather the manna daily, there were some that tried to gather as much as they could. They had the mindset of gathering “extra” so they wouldn’t have to gather it daily. But, God was trying to teach them a principle of a daily relationship with Him and a daily dependence on Him. When they all got back to their tents and measured the manna, they all had the same amount (just enough) (Exodus 16:18). We must seek God daily for the bread we need instead of relying on what we think we can do on our own. We can’t do anything without God!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on April 5, 2017 with Pastor Nave