Daily Bread

Attempting to run through the wilderness is an idea that has “bad” written all over it. It’s throwing gas on fire, spitting into the wind, playing with something that might poke your eye out and all those other things our mothers told us not to do. Thankfully, by design, the wilderness is not given to being rushed through. It’s more for plodding. The best way to make it through the wilderness is to take things one day at a time.

Isn’t it amazing how many times the hiccups of life recalibrate us to where we were supposed to be in the first place? Why do we only use the phrase “we’re just taking things one day at a time” when we are in crisis management mode? It’s the way we are supposed to live all the time!

When Israel was in the wilderness, God rained down manna six days of the week. He didn’t deliver it through TentDash, send it down in boxes or anything like that. The people had to go out every day and gather it off the ground. Efficiency experts would be horrified but that wasn’t God’s purpose. His purpose was to humble them. He did that by slowing them down.

Medical workers (and some others) aside, many of us currently find ourselves in a slower lane. For most of us, it’s not to our liking but there’s not a lot we can do about it. Well, actually there is. Let me suggest you embrace it. And if you’re not already doing so, learn the beauty of living like Jesus—one day at a time. Feel free to reminisce about yesterday, plan for tomorrow but live in today.

Need a place to start? There is no better place to begin than with the model prayer that Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13. You know, the one about the “daily bread.”

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:3) 

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