Moldy Leftovers and Daily Bread

10:00 AM

At any given moment, one can find plenty of LEFTOVERS in my fridge, some safe to eat, some not so safe.  OK, lets be honest MOST of my leftovers are not safe to eat.  I could probably enter my leftovers into a science fair and win first place for mold growth.  I, myself, enjoy leftovers without the mold that is.  I like the convenience of the leftovers.  Five minutes in the microwave max and I have a hot homemade meal. Leftovers save me time.  My husband however, is not a huge fan of leftovers. While studying Luke 11, on effective prayer, I have come to believe our Abba is not so much a fan of leftovers either. 

Give us each DAY, our DAILY bread.”  (Luke 11:3)

Daily bread.  I read Luke 11:3 over again, and again.  This scripture echoes through the corridors of my heart.  Why just daily bread?  He is more than enough, so doesn’t this mean He always gives me more than I need?  Yet he prays as an example for daily bread.  He gives us daily bread.  Resounding still in my ears, trickling in to the depths of my heart and mind. I ask Him again, “Lord why just enough for the day?  I thought you always provide more than enough and here you supply just enough.  You don’t supply an over abundance for me to store away as leftovers for a rainy day, or to make my chaotic day more convenient.  No, instead you give me just enough daily bread for the day.”

“If I am more than enough (which I AM) then why should I give you over abundance for the day and chance your wayward heart will stray and not seek me in the morrow.” 

My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming." (Psalm 27:8)

While yes He is more than enough, He is only enough for the day.  Our days hold new challenges, difficulties, joys, trials, task, and to do list of their own.  Each day He gives us what we need for the day, DAILY BREAD.  He does not give us more than we need for the day in order to make provision for the next day.  NO LEFTOVERS for us from our ABBA.  He is not concerned with making His days easier or more convenient.  He is not pressed for time or to busy for us.  He doesn’t need leftovers nor does he want OUR LEFTOVERS.  One day at a time, one need at a time, one breath at a time, he gives bread to feed our spirits. 

Exodus 16:4,15-20
(4)Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

The Lord commands them to ONLY 
gather enough for the day.

(16) This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a] for each person you have in your tent.’”
(17) The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little.
(18) And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

(19) Then Moses said to them,
No one is to keep any of it until morning.”

(20) However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Our prayers grow in effectiveness as we seek His face every morning and rely on daily bread. We can no longer rely on leftovers to carry us through this journey of life.  The Bread was only good for the day.

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
(Lamentations 3:21-25)

His bread, provision, mercies, compassion, and forgiveness are NEW every morning.  He doesn’t provide us with leftovers.  He provides us with Fresh, NEW, Hot out of the oven bread for our souls. 

Let us then bring a new, daily, fresh thanks
 to HIM each day we awake.

“When you sacrifice a thank offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.  It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning, I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 22:29-30)

He will not accept our thank-offering leftovers. Give FRESH thanks unto the Lord. He doesn’t give us leftovers rotted with mold growing over them.  He gives us new mercies everyday in everyway. He gives us exactly what we need for the day nothing more and nothing less. He satisfies and sustains our needs each day we awake.

Our prayers will increase in effectiveness when we
 Seek Him daily, and give DAILY thanks,
For DAILY bread.

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  1. Thank you so much for this reminder. I needed this encouragement today.

    1. Your welcome, I am learning how important it is to seek Him everyday!

  2. This is such an excellent post and such a wonderful reminder! It's so easy to get bogged down in what's going on tomorrow or the next day or next week or beyond and forget to be thankful for what He has given us THIS day. I love how you tied everything together with scriptures from both Old and New Testament. I really believe that Jesus was making a reference to that passage from Exodus when He was teaching the disciples how to pray. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you, I am the world's worst at making time for everything else except the really important things! Yes there is a lot more that I think I want to explore in the passage from Exodus that I just didn't have time to today. I hope that you will be looking for it in the coming post! :)

  3. What a wonderful analogy. Thank you for the lovingly-put reminder. (As an aside, I've heard Tupperware referred to as what to use if you feel like throwing your dinner away another day, haha, definitely true in our house!)

    1. ha ha yes this is true in my house as well, I should buy stock in it! I was definitely preaching to myself on this one, I love how the Holy Spirit so lovingly corrects me, brings insight, and changes us from the inside out

  4. Yes, daily time with God is so needed. Thank you for that reminder. I've recently really decided to commit to that.

    1. Taking on the 31 day challenge was a HUGE help in establishing discipline in my own life in this area! How did your 31 day challenge go?

  5. This, yes: " One day at a time, one need at a time, one breath at a time, he gives bread to feed our spirits." It's a daily call, an invitation, to trust - and receive. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

    1. Thank you I am so guilty of forgetting quickly that He is here and near and He is enough for the day!


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