Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Daily Devotion for Day 18 of Lent 2016

Scripture Reading: Exodus 16 (NRSV)

"Give us this day, our daily bread."
What would your manna taste like?
Mine would be sourdough!

When Jesus prayed this part of the prayer he gave to us, I believe that he was referring to this story of manna from heaven.

It is about the basics of what we need.

It isn't surprising at all that people push the envelope of their instructions.  Some take too much only to see it rot while others go out on the Sabbath expecting to collect that day's food.

This shows us that it is difficult to trust where our basic needs are concerned.  We are often afraid when we think that we aren't going to have enough.  Fear leads to disobedience of God.

As you consider your own life, how many of your sins have occurred because you were afraid of something?  As we think about the messages from the angels in the stories of the Bible, it is not surprising that they often announce, "Fear not."

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