Our eyes have been opened to the fact being thankful is much more than we realized. It is more than just a holiday. It is more than just the phrase “I’m thankful for.” It is more than a feeling. It is a spirit we must have. It is a choice we must make. It is an example that Jesus set for us. But how do we keep this up? November is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean we zoom out on the idea of gratitude. We can zoom in even more.
He is always inviting us to the table. The table where I am offered a seat. The table where you are offered a seat. The table is not filled with a feast. Jesus works differently than we do. We think we need it all and we need it all right now. In fear, we look to the days ahead and worry about how we will get what we need. We go into survival mode and start behaving as if we only have a certain amount of time to obtain fuel for the days to come.
I love that He is the God of the daily bread. He does not operate on time, yet in His kindness He steps into our time frame and gives what we need on a daily basis.
When the Israelites were wandering the wilderness, they went into that same frantic state we go into sometimes. They saw the journey ahead and they doubted that God would provide what they needed. But the Lord spoke a word to Moses,
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” Exodus 16:4
Go out and gather enough for that day.
God gives what we need for the day. He sustains and He provides. He does not give us anything more or anything less. Not only does He give but He gives and meets our exact needs. He sees us. He sees you. The truth you can build your life upon is - God gives us what we need on a daily basis so if you don’t have it today, you don’t need it for today.
Many of us have prayed the Lord’s prayer a million times not realizing that one of the lines is a primary way to ensure we never lose this spirit of Thanksgiving. “Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
To pray that prayer is to submit to Jesus. It is to confess that we believe He knows our needs better than we do. It is to let trust replace our worry. It is to take our place as children and let the Father provide for us.
If we can realize that He is the God of the daily bread, we will see that at the end of every day we have been given all that we need.
He gives us our daily bread and daily we must thank Him.