What can you picture in your head whenever you recite this line in the Lord’s Prayer? I’d always looked at it as asking God for our daily food and basic necessities. We truly need our daily bread.
The Israelites in the desert received their daily bread from heaven every day. It had been by all accounts insignificant in proportions, taste and texture. The Israelites soon learned that hoarding lots for “a rainy day” didn’t act as everything went bad. They eventually complained that they would rather go back to slavery and get flavourful food with garlic, and additionally they wanted meat.
They didn’t understand that the Bread of Life was sufficient. They did not need to work for it, purchase it, or store it. They did not need a thankful heart!
To make a long forty-year desert story short, not one of those 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 said He would do!
Despite their initial awe at God’s marvelous works, they didn’t understand the miracles and soon replaced Him with false gods. Their love for their Saviour turned into contempt!
The desert manna symbolizes the Bread of Life: Jesus. He said: “My meat is to accomplish the will of Him that sent Me,” and: “whosoever drinketh of the water that I’ll give him shall never thirst; but 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 seen the number and magnitude of miracles experienced by the Israelites. It is just a sobering lesson for us to understand how gratefulness, awe and love can become scorn!
The flesh is dominated by the emotions and easily forgets all the advantages received – big and small. That’s why you’ll need the manna hidden in your heart. You’re first and foremost spirit, indwelled by the Holy Spirit if you’re born again, living in a body. It is much more important for the spirit man to be fed daily.
God provides the daily bread from heaven, but you’ll need to open the Word, spend some quality time with the Lord, and meditate onto it daily. Just hearing the Word preached as well as reading it regularly is insufficient to feed your spirit. You’ll need to chew onto it and digest it. The Holy Spirit will likely then reveal the hidden riches, in the same way Jesus would explain the parables and then His disciples.
Remember the 2 men on the highway to Emmaus? While Jesus preached in their mind about His Death and Resurrection their hearts burned within them. However, they didn’t recognize Jesus until He broke break together! (Luke 24: 30 – 31) That if you ask me depicts how preaching the Word will draw you, but it’s the breaking of the Bread that gives you revelation of who Jesus is and His love and purpose for the everyday life.
This daily breaking of the Bread is vital for building up your faith, creating a close personal relationship with Him, and growing love and gratitude for what He has done, is, and will undoubtedly be doing for you. Faith and love cannot remain static. They have to be fed daily or they’ll become malnourished, in the same way the human body would!