Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

08-05-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In Exodus 16, Moses is dealing with some “hangry” (that deadly state where hungry leads to angry) people. Moses turns to the Lord, who tells Moses He will provide enough manna in the morning and quail in the evening for each day. Take note of something important: He did not provide for their entire journey in a single moment.

So often, I get caught up in the worries of the future. Will I ever be able to provide a home for my family? When will we have two cars with working air conditioning again? Will I ever retire? Or am I destined to greet my friends at Walmart? (There are worse fates in the world, David!)

God didn’t give Moses enough to provide for the entire journey all at once. The people needed to have faith and each day God came through.

I don’t need to win the lottery. God came through today. I have faith He will come through tomorrow. That is right relationship.

The prodigal son wanted his full inheritance early. His father gave it to him and the relationship ceased until the son had exhausted everything his father had given. I am not saying it is easy to be dependent on a daily basis, but it IS necessary to be in right relationship with God. It doesn’t matter where you live or where you go to work.

I know a brilliant fifty-one-year-old man who, just two weeks ago, woke up confused and unable to remember his phone number or who the president was. He was taken to the hospital where they struggled to determine if it was a virus, a stroke, or something else. This brilliant man almost had it all taken away in an instant. (It seems he is slowly recovering.) My point is that anything can be taken from us in an instant. We all need God to provide every day.

Maybe this is why Jesus taught us the words, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org

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