During the throes of the recent snowstorms, grocery shelves were picked over. It could be hard to find basic things like milk, eggs—and especially bread.
In an online article, a writer explored why—when a weather event or disaster hits—people first go buy up all the bread. The author theorized that bread is viewed to be essential and flexible.
If your power goes out, you can still make a PB&J sandwich. If you run out of all other goodies, you can still stay full on bread. It seems a recurring theme in extreme winter weather events, then, is bread.
In the Bible, bread is also a recurring theme as well. Jesus is called the “Bread of Life.” Jesus multiplied the loaves (and fishes). Jesus said, when tempted by Satan in the desert, that “man does not live on bread alone.”
Perhaps the best known reference is found in the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us our daily bread.” (Matt. 6:11). One Bible language expert said this prayer could be said, “Today, give us today’s bread.”
This harkens back to God providing for Moses and the Israelites as they wandered in the dessert. It also brings to mind that the Word of God is like our daily bread, is His daily provision.
The late R.C. Sproul said, “This petition of the Lord’s Prayer, then, teaches us to come to God in a spirit of humble dependence, asking Him to provide what we need and to sustain us from day to day.”
For too many of us, we lose sight of “our daily bread” that God provides. We neglect time in the Word for lesser things, like Netflix or endless smartphone time. We forget His blessings and lose a sense of gratitude for the simple, daily provision of the Lord.
As the weather now warms up and routines return to normal (or as close to normal as can be in a COVID world), I would encourage you to reconsider how you can better partake in “our daily bread.” Whether through prayer, time in God’s Word or simply living out the faith with gratitude, let Him feed and satisfy you in every way, every day.
In the end, we recognize that’s the kind of bread stores cannot offer. God will never run out of “our daily bread,” if we depend on Him.