"And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove (test) thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered (allowed) thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:2-3
I went to Hawaii years ago and saw something I was not used to seeing here on the mainland. We went shopping at a grocery store, and the shelves were not near as full as they were back home. I noticed several shelves that were empty and the choices were not as plenteous as I was used to. There were several instances in which there were not many choices of an item, so shoppers simply had to buy what they could as that's what was on the shelf. I have had the privilege of living in the United States, and specifically Arizona my whole life, and I was not accustomed to such a sight. I know in other countries people are not as fortunate, and many wait in line on a daily basis to get a piece of bread or meat, but I have taken this for granted living in this land of plenty.
In my 46 years on earth, I have never given much thought to where my food would come from. I never missed a meal unless I chose to, and I have been blessed with a full pantry and fridge. I have complained about what has been put on my plate, but there was always something on my plate. I have eaten at great establishments, and I have lived with two of the best cooks I have ever known. My belly tells a story, and each pound gained came from eating delicious food. I struggled with my weight from when I was around 11 or 12 to current day. I have acted as a glutton at times and I know what it is to be so full that my buttons had to hold on like a mean game of Red Rover. Although there has always been a meal for me to eat, there is something I have failed to do many times in my life.
The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:11 states, "Give us this day our daily bread." I have failed to pray this prayer on a daily basis and have gone years sometimes without praying this prayer. I have eaten meals without thinking where they came from, and although I prayed over my food, my words were sometimes repetitious and without true thought and meaning. I took for granted what was on my plate as I shoved my mouth full of food. I thought more about the food I was eating instead of the source of where my food came from. God has supplied all my needs and then some, but I have failed to acknowledge that He is the source of all things including the food He has so generously provided.
In this passage, God was reminding the children of Israel that they were dependent on Him for their food as He fed them in the wilderness and gave them water out of a rock. He knew they were prone to forget what God had done in their life, just as we easily forget His many blessings toward us. We live in a land of the 24-hour drive thru and supermarkets whose shelves are almost always full. We have fridges and cupboards that could keep us fed for several weeks. We forget to think of our source of this abundant food, and we forget how dependent we are on our Creator. He has blessed us with so much, yet we forget to ask for our daily bread, and we forget to truly thank Him for His provision and how good He is to us.
Do you truly thank Him for all that He provides on your plate and table, or do you utter vain repetitions at the dinner table? May we never forget where our food comes from, and may we remember He is the source of all things. Without Him we can do nothing, but with Him, everything is possible, including our daily bread. The day may come when the shelves become empty as I saw in Hawaii, but our hope is not in the delivery truck or farme, but it is dependent on the mighty hand of our God. May we adopt the Lord's Prayer into our life as we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."
Stay in the fight!