October 22, 2020
The One We Actually Want Right now
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“Then Jesus declared, ‘I’m the bread of life. Whoever involves me won’t ever go hungry, and whoever believes in me won’t ever be thirsty.’” John 6:35 (NIV)
At instances, I’ve checked out prayer requests like Amazon Prime deliveries.
I need to know I’ll get what I ask for. I need what’s delivered to appear like what I anticipated and to reach in document time. After which I’ll really feel so near God as a result of He did what I needed!
I’m not pleased with this. I’m challenged by it. As a result of there’s one thing too human and predictable about that being the way in which prayer really works. Then my prayers turn into orders I place, the solutions as low cost as merchandise, and the sender nothing greater than a far-removed entity I give little thought to till I would like one thing else.
I need to change this. I need to come to God with my wants, my wishes, my starvation and acknowledge that no matter He locations earlier than me is His every day bread. When Jesus taught us what to wish every day, His first request was for every day bread. However isn’t it true that bread took on many various varieties within the Bible?
Typically it appears to be like like a loaf from the oven, (Leviticus 2:4) different instances like manna from heaven, (Deuteronomy 8:3) or better of all, like Jesus who declared Himself because the bread of life. (John 6:35) All three are God’s excellent provision. However with our human eyes, we might most likely solely acknowledge the loaf of bread nearly as good and most becoming, and what a tragedy that will be.
The loaf of bread could also be what I need from God, however isn’t the loaf the least miraculous of all of the types of bread? It’s the type of provision now we have to work to obtain from the bottom, harvesting the wheat, processing it after which baking it — all with our personal palms. However perhaps that’s what I like a lot concerning the loaf of bread. Since I’m working for it, I’ve a way of management over it.
Manna represents what God merely offers. The manna that fell from heaven for the kids of Israel was God’s excellent sustenance, though it regarded extra like little seeds or flakes reasonably than loaves of bread. And but it got here straight from God, day-to-day, and saved greater than 2 million Israelites alive within the desert for the 40 years they wanted it. It was miraculous.
However even with manna, folks had some half to play. They needed to go outdoors their tents to select it up. They didn’t develop it, however they may rely on it.
Management and consistency make me really feel like I’m trusting God when, in actuality, I’m simply relying on Him to the extent that He comes by means of for me.
One of the best type of bread, although, is the bread of life: Jesus Himself. This isn’t provision we work for or provision we merely decide up; that is provision in Christ deposited within us that nourishes and sustains us all the way in which right down to our souls.
In John 6:35, “Jesus declared, ‘I’m the bread of life. Whoever involves me won’t ever go hungry, and whoever believes in me won’t ever be thirsty.’” Jesus is essentially the most miraculous provision, and the one already given to us as we speak — however perhaps the one least acknowledged as being every thing we want.
And I do know you could be saying, “Look, Lysa, what’s in entrance of me is terrible, so this doesn’t make me need to belief God extra. It makes me belief Him much less!” I perceive that. I really feel the identical method about a few of what’s in entrance of me proper now too.
If now we have Jesus as we speak, we live in answered prayer and provision. The One who brings about good, even from the terrible we’re seeing with our bodily eyes, is actively engaged on our behalf proper now. He’s speaking to the Father about you proper now in ways in which, when you may hear Him, would make you by no means afraid of what’s in entrance of you. By no means query His love for you or His goodness to you.
We see solely what the human thoughts can think about, however God is constructing one thing we can not even fathom. We may even see it in time, or not till eternity. However till we see it, we are able to know with certainty that no matter He offers us really is His good provision, whether or not that good is for as we speak or a part of a a lot greater plan.
So as we speak, buddies, we are able to pray what we have to pray. Pray all of the phrases, let the tears circulate into sobs and frustrations blended with hope. After which, we are able to take a look at what’s proper in entrance of us by means of what we all know to be true about God. And belief Jesus to finally make one thing stunning from it.
Jesus, thank You for being the proper sustenance that I would like as we speak. I look to You because the Bread of Life. Assist me after I’m struggling as I await my prayers to be answered in Your excellent timing. In Jesus’ Title, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 54:4, “Certainly God is my assist; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (NIV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Even within the midst of prayers you’re eager for God to reply, how has Jesus Himself proven up as “bread of life” provision for you latterly? We’d love to listen to from you in the comments.
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