Mike’s Meditations: Daily Resources

Picture yourself in the hot desert with about a million other people.  You look around the barren stretch of sand and realize there is neither vegetation nor animals to serve as food.  You are painfully aware of your growing hunger.   Beginning to pray, you spend more time complaining about your plight than believing God will provide.
Someone with great faith proclaims God has heard your grumbling and promises to give you quail to eat in the evening and bread to eat each morning.  Later you eat your fill of quail, and the next morning find the ground covered with wafer like bread.  Not only is it nourishing, you are secure knowing you will have enough each day.  You find yourself filled with joy and are awestruck by the power and unconditional love of God who is always taking care of you.

But, you fall into fear questioning whether this bread will daily continue to fall.  You disregard God’s command to only take enough for one day at a time and you gather some extra and hide it.  During the night, the bread you stored is filled with maggots and smells like death. Your fear has caused disorder and chaos and the rancid manna has become a problem.  (Exodus 16:1-36)

Jesus taught us to ask God to “… give us this day our daily bread …” (Matthew 6:11).   It is easy to habitually pray, but sometimes difficult to believe.  Jesus also taught us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

Let’s make a commitment this month to pray for God’s protection, healing, finances – you fill in the blank – for each day only. When we rely on our own power to manipulate the future, the result is usually maggots and stench.  When we rely on God’s love, we eat nourishing quail in the evening and find his sweet bread of life in the morning dew.

Give us this day our daily bread: pray it; believe it; and live each day in the peace of Jesus.

Mike is a writer and teacher. You can contact him at: www.mikevanvrankenministries.org or write him at: Mike Van Vranken, 523 Loch Ridge Drive, Shreveport, LA  71106.

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