What would you picture in your thoughts whenever you recite this line in the Lord’s Prayer? I had always thought of it as asking God for the daily food and basic necessities. We want our daily bread.
The Israelites in the desert received their daily bread from heaven every day. It was by all accounts insignificant in dimensions, taste and texture. The Israelites soon found that hoarding lots for “a rainy day” didn’t act as all of it went bad. They eventually complained that they would rather get back to slavery and get flavourful food with garlic, and they also wanted meat.
They didn’t know that the Bread of Life was sufficient. They did not need to work for it, pay for it, or store it. They did not need a thankful heart!
To create a long forty-year desert story short, not one particular Israelites have been rescued from the cruel slavery of Egypt made it มานาประจําวัน to the Promised Land except two: Caleb and Joshua. They experienced God’s miracles daily; He guided them, and kept them safe and in perfect health. But only those two men had the faith that God would perform what He explained He’d do!
Despite their initial awe at God’s marvelous works, they didn’t understand the miracles and soon replaced Him with false gods. Their passion for their Saviour converted into contempt!
The desert manna symbolizes the Bread of Life: Jesus. He explained: “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me,” and: “whosoever drinketh of the water that I’ll give him shall never thirst; nevertheless the water that I’ll give him will be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4: 34; 14)
Few have experienced the number and magnitude of miracles experienced by the Israelites. It is a sobering lesson for all of us to appreciate how gratefulness, awe and love can turn into scorn!
The flesh is dominated by the emotions and easily forgets all the benefits received – big and small. That’s why you will need the manna hidden in your heart. You are first and foremost spirit, indwelled by the Holy Spirit if you’re born again, residing in a body. It’s even more essential for the spirit man to be fed daily.
God provides the daily bread from heaven, but you will need to open the Word, spend some quality time with the Lord, and meditate on it daily. Just hearing the Word preached as well as reading it regularly is not enough to feed your spirit. You’ll need to chew on it and digest it. The Holy Spirit will then reveal the hidden riches, just like Jesus would explain the parables and then His disciples.
Remember both men on the road to Emmaus? While Jesus preached to them about His Death and Resurrection their hearts burned within them. However, they didn’t recognize Jesus until He broke break using them! (Luke 24: 30 – 31) That if you ask me depicts how preaching the Word will draw you, but oahu is the breaking of the Bread that offers you revelation of who Jesus is and His love and purpose for your everyday life.
This daily breaking of the Bread is crucial for accumulating your faith, developing a close personal relationship with Him, and growing love and gratitude for what He has done, is, and is going to be doing for you. Faith and love cannot remain static. They need to be fed daily or they’ll become malnourished, just like the human body would!