• In today's society, man is consumed not just with maintaining a job but planning his future years in advance because he intends to live until a "ripe old age" of his choosing
  • When God had Moses lead Israel out of Egypt in Exodus, God told Moses and the people many times that he would take care of them and He would meet their daily needs but the people didn't trust God to provide for them
  • Exodus 16:2-3; Numbers 11:1,4-6: But meeting the minimal needs of the people was insufficient to them--they complained that all they had to eat was manna and no meat; they literally cried, en masse, at the doorways of their houses, wishing they were back in the bondage of their enemy Egypt where they "remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes."
  • SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Consider if Israel was constantly in trouble with God for complaining of the lack or food and water or if what really made God angry was the people never learning to depend on God to meet their needs

  • The "Lord's Prayer" that Jesus teaches we should pray is symbolic--not necessarily literal--in several ways:

    Matthew 6:9-13

    "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

  • Jesus warns us not to be concerned about anything beyond this day you're in right now
  • For the Israelites in the wilderness after Egypt, God cared for them through manna; today, we "provide manna" to each other by helping each other out
  • Proof that God cares for His own (the saved believer):

  • John 15:13 and Romans 5:8: It's widely accepted that to die for a noble cause, for your friends or your country proves no greater love; this is exactly what Jesus demonstrated; He not only willingly died for save us but he died knowing that the world hated Him and would not believe or obey Him

  • Philippians 4:19: So ask God for today's "daily bread" and He will respond by giving you exactly what He knows (not what you know) you need to be sustained today

  • Matthew 4:4: And most importantly, you don't live by your "daily bread" alone but also by being completely obedient to God, as outlined in the Bible