“Give us this day our daily bread.”- Matthew 6:11
Chapter 15 (“Daily Bread”) of Satisfied begins with author Jeff Manion relating a story from his childhood. Right after their graduation from Bible college, Jeff’s parents moved to Southeast Idaho to begin a ministry planting churches- a daunting task in a region with minimal Christian influence. With virtually no funding, the words “give us this day our daily bread” were not an abstract concept. They were reality.
Pastor Manion notes that one of the most dramatic stories of God’s provision came the day his mother was in tears because the family did not have enough money to meet their immediate expenses. It was humanly difficult to believe that God would meet such a colossal need. So his parents knelt and prayed.
Later that day Jeff’s father went to the post office to get the mail. A single letter awaited him. A couple in California that Jeff’s parents only knew by name had sold a small business. The Lord laid it on their hearts to give one-tenth to Jeff’s parents- the exact amount of money they needed to meet expenses!
Trust , the author emphasizes, is a thread running throughout the pages of the Bible- specifically the theme of God’s desire to be trusted in extreme situations, such as our ministry downsizing or vocation loss. We have the opportunity to embrace God’s leading and learn to depend on His provision.
Today’s question: What can you do to be intentional in embracing God’s leading and trusting His provision? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Our defining journey of trust”