BREAD FOR TODAY
Matt. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread,
Obviously, there is more to life than just the basic necessities. There is also more to life than just the niceties or the finer things of life. Many approach prayer as just a means to improve their conditions in this life, there could hardly be anything further from the truth. When Jesus taught us to prayer for our daily bread He was expressing our need for utter dependency on Him for our temporal needs as well as our spiritual needs. The Lord Himself is our greatest daily need. As Jesus taught us, He is the true bread that comes down from heaven. He actually is our daily bread. Praying the Lord’s prayer reminds us constantly of our neediness and his sufficiency. Jonathan Edwards spoke about total dependency in his very first published sermon. Check this out.
“The redeemed have all their objective good in God. God himself is the great good which they are brought to the possession and enjoyment of by redemption. He is their highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased. God is the inheritance of the saints; he is the portion of their souls. God is their wealth and treasure, their food, their life, their dwelling place, their ornament and diadem, and their everlasting honor and glory. They have none in heaven but God; he is the great good which the redeemed are received to at death, and which they are to rise to at the end of the world. The Lord God, he is the light of the heavenly Jerusalem, and is the river of the water of life that runs, and the tree of life that grows, in the midst of the paradise of God. The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will forever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast. The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things: they will enjoy the angels, and will enjoy one another; but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or each other, or in anything else whatsoever, that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what will be seen of God in them.”
Many Christians measure their life by their success in this world. It may not be obvious, but our thoughts about success and fulfillment are connected to the our earthly accomplishments. Could it be possible that their is another measuring stick to valuate the success of your life? Maybe success is not so much of what happens outside as what is happening inside. When we look to Christ as our daily bread and actually feed on Him, our perspective changes. At that point we begin to agree with Edwards, He is my wealth, my treasure, my food, my life, my inheritance, and my portion. He is the source of all life. He is the beginning and end of all happiness. Give me this day my daily bread, yesterday’s portion is not good for today.