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Daily Bread

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4

What does the phrase mean, "our daily bread?" When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan after 40 days of fasting, he replied, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Even though He knew He could have had a feast at His fingertips by a wave of His hand, He decided that in order to pass the test, God's words had to be even more important than eating. In order for Him to gain the authority to overcome the spiritual, He had to overcome the natural.

"He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." -Deuteronomy 8:3

When Jesus teaches us how to pray, He includes the phrase, "Give us this day, our daily bread," (Matthew 6:11) as a reference to when the Israelites lives on manna for 40 years in the desert. God's daily provision is a HUGE blessing when we're learning to trust in Him. This provision has a spiritual connotation as well - the Israelites could only store up manna for that day's meals, otherwise it would rot. God has words that He wants to give us, each and every day - if we would only seek Him for them. He has "fresh bread" waiting for us. We cannot live today on yesterday's revelation. As it says in Lamentations, "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning" (3:22&23). Do you seek God for your daily bread? May we each seek God daily so that our lives can be living reflections of Him.

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