What do you picture in your head when you recite this line in the Lord’s Prayer? I had always looked at it as asking God for the 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 found that hoarding lots for “a rainy day” didn’t work as it all went bad. They eventually complained that they’d rather get back to slavery and get flavourful food with garlic, and in addition they 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 make a long forty-year desert story short, not one of those Israelites who were rescued from the cruel slavery of Egypt caused it to be 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’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 love for their Saviour changed into contempt!
The desert manna symbolizes the Bread of Life: Jesus. He said: “My meat is to complete 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 observed the number and magnitude of miracles experienced by the Israelites. It is a sobering lesson for people to appreciate how gratefulness, awe and love can turn into scorn!
The flesh is dominated by the emotions and easily forgets all the huge benefits received – big and small. That’s why you need the manna hidden in your heart. You’re first and foremost spirit, indwelled by the Holy Spirit if you’re born again, residing in a body. It’s much more essential for the spirit man to be fed daily.
God will provide the daily bread from heaven, but you need to open the Word, spend some quality time with the Lord, and meditate about it daily. Just hearing the Word preached or even reading it regularly is inadequate to feed your spirit. You will need to chew about it and digest it. The Holy Spirit will reveal the hidden riches, in the same way Jesus would explain the parables and then His disciples.
Remember the two men on your way to Emmaus? While Jesus preached for them 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 in my experience 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 the everyday life.
This daily breaking of the Bread is vital for accumulating your faith, creating a close personal relationship with Him, and growing love and gratitude for what He did, is, and will soon be doing for you. Faith and love cannot remain static. They must be fed daily or they’ll become malnourished, in the same way the body would!