November 2018 Devotion

DAILY BREAD

We have plenty of squirrels our backyard. These ambitious creatures are forever foraging. Their nests bulge with surplus; yet, they are driven to find more. Their strength is in their ability to acquire.

It is uncommon for God to give s a surplus. More often He provides what we need for each day. This can be difficult for people who have a squirrel mentality. Learning to live one day at a time is problematic. The Lord is faithful while the situation remains uncomfortable.

He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.’” (Words of Jesus, Luke 11:2-3)

God wants to be our source of strength and stability. He does not want our acquisitions or surpluses to be our security. This keeps us actively seeking His provisions. The Lord is not attempting to enslave, but rather understands our desperate need for constant fellowship with Him. This interaction is vital to our spiritual health.

If we only speak with God when we are uncomfortable and communication is His greatest desire, is it any wonder we are in constant need? This is an important principle. The more time we spend in fellowship with Him, the more peaceful life becomes. Even when the difficulties do not change. His solace makes life sweet.

The application for this is obvious. We need to prioritize our time with the Almighty. He has all that we need. Further, we don’t have to be alarmed or disturbed by His “daily provisions.” He knows that we require an additional allotment in the morning.