Daily Bread: Living for Today

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It’s always puzzling how fast time flies. One minute I feel like I have a million moments at my fingertip and the next I can’t stop thinking about the ones I missed out on. Life is a funny thing you see, always progressing without hesitance.

Society tells us a lot about time, how to enjoy life and be present. But the media were not the first to tell us life is moment by moment. The Bible talks specifically about spans of time and relative progression. When Jesus teaches us how to pray He does not focus on future trials He says to pray for this day. Matthew 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.”

In the Old Testament during the Exodus from Egypt God rained down manna from Heaven to feed His people, though they were only to gather bread for one day at a time.

Exodus 16:4 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.  On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”

If we are repeatedly told not fret about the future, then why does God place such an emphasis on the day to day? In part it has to do with trusting Him. But it has everything to do with relying on Him. We are given strength for each day says the Bible, according to the needs of that day. Deuteronomy 33:25 “The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.”

In having reliance on God we are trusting Him to faithfully fulfill His promise to us; that He will provide for our needs according to His glorious riches. We do not know what the future holds, only God does. In such we should not put our hope in planning for later events, but instead live in dependence on the One who holds all things together. God is capable and wiling to provide every need you have this day. And living in any forthcoming space is only wasting those precious moments of today.

Matthew 6:26-27

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

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