Our Daily Bread (Exodus 16)

 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[a] For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. Exodus 16:15

“Is this all you have?”  These words came from a spoiled person who was used to always having anything they desired to eat.  But, these words could also have come from the lips of a starving child or from someone who failed to understand the provision of a Holy God.

The people of Israel were 45 days into their journey.  I would like to be able to say, they were satisfied and very thankful for God’s daily bread, but they were not.  3 days after the Red Sea miracle the people began to complain and they would complain for the next 40 years.

As I paused before the Lord to consider this truth, I was reminded by God  who often says, first look within your own life before consider others lives (Matt. 7:1-5; Psalm 139:23-24).  I can be honest and say, there have been times when I have complained against God and there have been times when I failed to use wisely the blessings of the Lord.

Centuries later Stephen stood before his would be judges and jury and delivered a powerful message about Israel’s history (Acts 7).  At one point Stephen said:

51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

Stephen said, you are proud and self-absorbed.  You have not submitted to God in any way.  No matter what He says or who He sends you will not listen.  Ultimately this led to their rejection of Jesus.

The truth is, God provided for all of Israel’s needs on the journey and he provides for all of ours.  Each day we are instructed, Luke 11:3, to pray for our daily bread.  In this days study I have learned to add to my prayer the following:

  • Lord help me to be faithful with what you have provided, Matt. 25:21.
  • Lord prepare me to be faithful with what you are going to provide, Matt. 25:21-24.
  • Lord in everything may I be faithful to honor you with giving my best effort.

If it seems that our daily bread is not enough, let us look within before we look to heaven.  It might be that we are the one’s who are destroying our bread.  Something to not only think about but something to do something about.

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