When the disciples crossed over to the other side of the lake, they forgot to take any bread. Jesus said to them, “Take care; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They started discussing among themselves, “He says this because we didn’t bring any bread.”…
When the disciples crossed over to the other side of the lake, they forgot to take any bread. Jesus said to them, “Take care; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They started discussing among themselves, “He says this because we didn’t bring any bread.” (Matthew 16:5-7, GNT) I once […]
“Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.” Exodus 16:4
When the children of Israel were traveling through the wilderness, God sent them food from heaven. They were instructed to gather it every day, just enough for what their family needed. The only exception was that there would be none falling on the Sabbath, so they had to gather twice as much the day before. The Scripture speaks of some who didn’t listen to this and went out to gather on the Sabbath, and found nothing.
Just as we need natural food every day to be strong and healthy, so our spiritual lives need the daily communication with the Lord by reading His Word and spending time in prayer. My son teaches his church that they need a “slot and a spot”. It is very beneficial to have a place and time where we shut ourselves in with the Lord and communicate with Him. We need this to face the problems and circumstances of life. How much better our day goes, when we seek Jesus in the morning.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for the privilege of coming before you every day, to listen to your voice, to read your Word and bring my requests and praise to You.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
- A staple at every meal in my childhood, homemade biscuits or buttered cinnamon toast in the oven disappeared from my hurried life when I became the cook. Popup toast took over. It moved to second place in winter days when instant oatmeal warmed my mornings. Homemade pancakes, a Saturday treat, succumbed to dry mix or microwaveable frozen rounds. Toast made occasional appearances at lunch sandwiching tuna salad or bacon, lettuce and tomato. Crackers have replaced cornbread, accompanying cold-weather stew. Bible readings, God’s daily bread, seem to have followed the natural bread route.
No time to devour a full stack of biblical pancakes from Old Testament declarations. Mumbled recitations of the Twenty-third Psalm alternating with Our Father Who Art in Heaven are pop-up toast. An online devotional and Scripture reading by key word sandwiches busy days. An easy-read Psalm in the evenings becomes the diet for family Bible study. Time to put daily bread back into my diet.
“Give us this day our daily bread, (Matthew 6:11, Holy Bible King James Version).
Prayer : Lord Jesus, I devoured a devotion, an online Scripture and searched the Bible for truth to strengthen me today. Your word is my daily bread. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore