Sustaining provisions for us all
By Roger Queen
Matthew 6:11 (NIV) says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This well-known portion of the Lord’s prayer can and has been interpreted many ways. No matter how the Holy Spirit chooses to explain it to you personally, let us explore the word “daily” in this context. God has daily provisions for all of us, for example, Matthew 6:27 (NIV) reminds us, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
So, we know that God wants to meet our needs for physical provisions daily. What about our spiritual needs? 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) says, “…physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” This is the “daily gift” we would like to focus on for the moment. Just as exercise usually requires a daily routine, it is also critical for godliness that we open God’s gifts daily.
God has blessed us with so much, especially in the day we are living. We have access to the Word of God like never before, from multiple translations to multiple languages in the palm of our hands. We also have the highest quality Christian music from any genre that our hearts could desire, readily available with just a simple command, “Hey Siri, play this song.”
Moving on, the internet has made the Sunday service experience available any day of the week. We no longer need to anxiously wait for our local church to open on Sunday mornings to get a fresh dose of biblical teaching—we can tune-in to any church, anywhere, anytime. So, not only does God’s mercy renew every morning and His daily provisions sustain our physical well-being, but God also desires for us to seek Him daily in one or all the gifts He has provided.