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Friday, March 10, 2017

Our Daily Bread

March 10

(Exodus 16:4 NIV) "Then the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions."

(Luke 11:3 NIV)  "Give us each day our daily bread."

(John 6:48-51 NIV)  "I am the bread of life. {49} Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. {50} But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. {51} I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.""

When God led His people through the desert, He provided a bread-like substance called “manna” for them to eat. They did nothing to earn it -- it came daily as a gift from God. Manna would only keep for one day. If people tried to gather enough manna for tomorrow, it would spoil and rot. They could only gather enough for that day. Each and every day, they had to trust God to provide for them. In Twelve Step circles this principle is called, “one day at a time”. It’s also a principle found in the Lord’s Prayer. As we move through our personal deserts, we have been taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus Christ is the bread of life. He is our daily bread -- our manna from Heaven. We do nothing to earn His care for us. It is the gift of God -- a daily provision that we cannot hoard. It is by grace we have been saved, and it is by grace that we are sustained -- one day at a time!

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