Matthew 6:11: “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle has a quote that says, “ Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand”. This is a quote read by William Osler, the Father of Modern Medicine, that he credits with changing the trajectory of his life. He later used it to address students at Yale University. He challenged students to “Live in day-tight compartments”. “The Load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today makes the strongest falter.” It is very easy to feel overwhelmed by yesterday’s mistakes , and underqualified for tomorrow’s open doors. I have been reading about this idea in a book called Win the Day, by Mark Batterson.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number or days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We measure our life in years, but God wants us to number or days. We need to make the most of what each day has to offer, and learn to depend on God for all that we need to make it through the day.
This part of the Lords prayer is in present tense. We would all love for God to provide more, but that would encourage us to trust Him less. We would love for Jesus to give us all the food we need for the weeks ahead, we want to have a well-stocked pantry. Jesus seems to work differently. He takes care of our needs today. Batterson says, “Do you remember the expiration date on manna? One day. How about the deadline on anger? Sundown. When are God’s mercies made new? Every morning. How often are we told to take up our crosses? Daily. And when are we told to rejoice and be glad? Today!”
There seems to be something special about learning to live and depend on Jesus today. I like to plan and maybe you do to. I think we can still plan and think about the future, but I must always remember that Jesus will give me what I need for today. Don’t miss the gifts and challenges that Jesus has for you today.