2001-05-24 - One Day At A Time
The Lord's Prayer, Part 7
Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father whichart in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be donein earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
I was just rereading the last devotional, so excuse me while I backtrack a little. Have you ever thought about that line while you say it? "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." In heaven, God rules supreme. In heaven, He speaks and whatever He wants is immediately carried out. He spoke and the world puffed into existence. He speaks and the angels are immediate to do His will. Only in the hearts of men does He find argument. Only in His most beloved creation, you, me, us does He need to ask again. We argue, moan, fuss, complain and cry when things don't go our way, and all the time, He is attempting to work out His will in us to bring us more into His perfection! The next time you say the Lord's prayer, think about saying it this way, "Thy will be done in ME, as it is in heaven."
Ok....back to our regularly scheduled devotional.
In November of 1991, we moved from Michigan to Miami, Florida. During our first two months, we lived in a motel. I had a microwave oven. I had a crockpot. I had an electric frypan. What I didn't have was a refrigerator. Every day, rain or shine, I had to get up and go to the grocery store to pick out the food that we were going to be eating, so that it could be cooked fresh. I thought a lot about this portion of the prayer a lot!
I also thought about Moses as he and the Israelites went out of their tents every morning for 40 years to gather manna for that day's portion of food. God said it would be there, and it was, day in and day out.
I don't have to buy my food every day any more, we have a home, my husband has a good job and I work in a grocery store (I guess I COULD bring food home every day, now couldn't I?!). Our pantry is full with everything that we need for today, tomorrow, and the month after.
But, I'm not so sure that food is what Jesus is talking about here. It could be, in a sense, but I think that the two things that He is driving at are trust and contentment. The two go hand in hand.
God said that He would take care of all my needs. All of them. What do I need? Food, clothing, shelter, and a vehicle to get around in. Everything else is a want.
Do I trust God to meet my need and then am I satisfied with what I have?
What am I reaching for to fill the hunger in my soul?
Clothes, shoes, cars, jewelry, houses, none of these things will ever truly satisfy, but Jesus said, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35) (Hebrews13:5) "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
God is enough. Give me this day, the trust and contentment to only want my daily bread.
Father, thank You for your love that was enough to be all it needed to be. Thank You that You stepped out of glory to hang on the cross in payment for my sin. Thank You that You really are all I need. You fill me with all You need me to have, and then use me for Your own purpose. What amazes me is that when I allow You to be You in me, I am never, ever empty -- even when I am on the go from sunup to sundown and then some...in Your strength I am full. You truly are the Bread of Life. Thank You for feeding me. Give me this day, my daily bread. In Jesus' precious name I pray, Amen.