Lessons from the Loaves!

Updated: Feb 5, 2018

I am amazed at how God provides for our needs from day to day. One such blessing is that  each week a local bakery provides the Seminary (where I am currently studying) with tray upon tray of freshly baked bread, scones, buns, etc. (See pic below).Every Saturday evening, we as students and our families can go and help ourselves to as much bread as we need. (Sam, Liam and I normally take enough for the week).

There’s more than enough bread than any of us can use. The point, however, is that irrespective how abundant the supply may be, we really can only take what we can use. Any excess will have to be frozen, and whatever the freezer cannot store, will just go bad and have to be thrown away, so we really cannot take too much.

I am taken back to the account in Exodus 16, when God provided manna from heaven for His people. There was more than enough for everyone –an abundant supply –  however, the instructions were clear: take only what was needed. They were only to take enough for that specific day. Manna could not be stored for the next day – any leftovers would go bad. The next day would be taken care of.

In 2 Corinthians 7-10, the Apostle Paul, admits that he is struggling with a “thorn in his flesh”, the exact nature of which remains unclear. Some say it was poor eyesight; other’s suggest it was a sinful habit/temptation that Paul was trying to overcome. We don’t need to know the detail of the thorn, what we do need to know is the response of the Lord to Paul’s cry – a response that resounds to us as well: “My grace is sufficient for you.”  Sufficient means  “enough”. Not too little. Not too much.

How many times have we like Paul cried out to God to take away the burden we are struggling with – the physical ailment, the nagging debt, the tyrant of a boss at work.Time and again the loving voice of the Saviour comes through: “My Grace is sufficient for you”. It’s enough for today! Dont worry about tomorrow – when you wake up in the morning, there’ll be a fresh supply of “manna”, a fresh supply of grace and mercy to carry you through. “They are new every morning” Lamentations 3:23

Friend, I’m not going to belabor the point. The message is clear. God has made available to us an abundant supply of grace and mercy, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19. Don’t worry about tomorrow – that’s been provided for. May He “give us this day our daily bread.”(Matthew 6:11).



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