Feeling overwhelmed? Anxious? Been called to do something big? Feeling burdened?
This message is for you.
My sister-in-law, Kendra, has a mantra. Over the past 17 years that I’ve known her, I think I’ve heard her say it a million times. Well, maybe not a million, but close. 😂
Take it ONE step at a time.
Some days, I think it’s a brilliant suggestion. Other days, I feel like there’s just no way in “this situation” that it is a good idea.
But the reality is…it’s not just a GOOD idea, it’s a GOD idea.
“More than a idea, it’s the way that we’ve been called to walk through this world.
“Give us this day our DAILY bread“
That’s how Jesus tells us to pray.
Not our weekly bread, our monthly bread, or our annual bread.
We want that annual bread don’t we? We want the guarantee of alllll the bread. This year’s bread, and the next and the next. We want it right now, so we can see it.
While a storage unit filled with bread sound like a great idea at first, the reality is, it’s not. When we have all the things all at once….when it’s “all good” we have a tendency to disconnect from the Lord. In times of adversity? Even those who aren’t believers will drop to their knees. When things get out of our control- we come to the Lord.
But that’s not what He wants.
He doesn’t want an on-again, off-again relationship. He wants a daily relationship- in the good and the bad times. He wants to give us our daily bread.
If we got the storage unit filled with bread, on day ONE it would feel amazing, and abundant, but within a day or two-the bread would go stale. Leaving us with a worthless burden– a storage unit filled with rotten bread.
In Exodus, the Israelites who took too much manna found that the following day, it rotted in their tent.
The Lord provides us what we need each day… and yet, if you’re anything like me, you may have a tendency to grumble. We don’t want to just see the next step on the staircase, we want to see the WHOLE staircase.
We want the guarantee. We want certainty.
But the reality is that this is the OPPOSITE of faith. Faith is believing without seeing…
Tony Evans defines faith in a way that I absolutely LOVE. He says:
“Faith is acting like it is so, even when it’s not so, in order that it might be so, simply because God said so. “Tony Evans
Jesus spoke so clearly of how we are to handle the challenges that come our way, in Matthew 6: 25-34.
(I know it’s a long one…but it’s SO good and so relevant!)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
We are called not to worry about tomorrow. The Lord will provide our daily bread.
Friends, let’s be people that walk by FAITH and not by sight. Let’s seek FIRST the Kingdom of Heaven… let’s look for the Lord’s provision for today, and give thanks for that!
The Present is a present…and no matter what you are facing today, know that you are LOVED so fully and deeply by the Lord, and that He is providing for you today exactly what you need. Turn your eyes toward Him and soak up his presence in your life– because that is truly the greatest gift He has given us!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the daily bread you provide. I am sorry for the times that I have grumbled and been ungrateful for your provision. I want to seek you first. Please help me to calm my mind and release the anxious thoughts of this day. Remind me, Lord of your provision time and time again. Thank you for always providing me what I need. You are a good, good father.
In Jesus Name I Pray,