Q: What is Jesus talking about when He says in Luke 11:3, “Give us each day our daily bread”?
A: King Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived, gave us the answer long before we asked the question.
Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; do not give me poverty or riches, feed me with my allotted portion of bread, 9 lest I become satisfied and act deceptively and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I become poor and steal and demean the name of my God.
When we get more than enough food we become satisfied and act deceptively. When we don’t have enough food for a day we become poor (in every meaning of the word) and we are likely to steal.
Psalms 49:6 “They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches.”
Q: Why does Jesus expect such a thing from us?
A: Both scenarios, too much food vs not enough food, have consequences. Those are deception and theft in addition to harming our relationship with God. When we live simply day-to-day and trust God we get focused on how much we need him. We learn to trust God and depend on him. The best part is, we gain a better relationship with Jesus.
I’m learning these things the hard and easy ways. When I thought only of money and worried about it I was less than honest in my work. Mainly, doing what bosses wanted me to do knowing that they wanted me to do the wrong thing just to make money. When I finally said, “No, that’s not right.” the bosses found someone else who would do anything for money. That actually made me feel better because I hated every day despite all the money I made.
Next, I ran out of money and got desperate. I didn’t steal anything but I did turn to the evil credit card, which has gotten me deeper in debt. Now, that I’m at the end of my money rope, I’m asking God each day for what I need. Not barely enough to survive but exactly what and how much that He knows I need each day to live. I’m learning to trust God and God has been supplying all my needs!
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”