Summary: God gives us exactly what we need when we need it.
Our Daily Bread
October 16, 2011
Times are just a little bit tough, aren’t they? You can’t watch the news for more than five minutes without hearing the word “economy.” Everyone seems to be so worried about what will happen next: will the DOW fall? Will I be able to pay next month’s mortgage? What’s going to happen if Medicare goes up?
There are so many reasons to fret and worry—what if, what if, what if?
But this isn’t the view Christians are supposed to take. We’re explicitly told not to worry because we have a God who meets our needs. This morning I’m going to preach to you from this topic, and I hope you’re encouraged by it. I hope to build your strength to make you strong. I hope to cause you to worship, and I hope to elevate God in your eyes through it.
Let’s start with our main text found in Proverbs 30:8—
Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
There are two main points I want to make about this text before we go into the exhortation and invitation:
#1- God gives us enough which causes us to glorify Him.
Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me
Agur’s fear is that he might start to focus on the physical things of life. If he had too much, then He might get too comfortable and forget about his dependence on God. If he had too little, then he might start to take matters into his own hands and take God’s name in vain.
So he prays that God will give him just enough. This way he doesn’t even have to bother himself with worldly things; he receives from God just the right amount each day.
This has to do with more than food: each day we trust Him to meet all our needs. There’s no sense in thinking about all the sermons I have left to preach or I get overwhelmed. If I preach another 40 years then I’ll need somewhere around 5,000 more sermons! But if I trust Him for my daily bread then I get what I need as I need it.
Think about when Jesus told the disciples not to worry about what they would say: “When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak” (Mt. 10:19).
If I had to pay 40 years of bills in a single day then I’d owe more than a million dollars! But God gives me just enough to get by in the moment.
Jesus said it best in the Lord’s Prayer:
Give us this day our daily bread (Mt. 6:11)
We’re not looking for tomorrow’s bread today, and we’re not living today off of yesterday’s bread. Each day we look for what’s been given to us daily. In this way He’s glorified!
Now the question naturally arises: why wouldn’t God just go on and tell me how He’s going to work everything out? Why can’t I see tomorrow’s provision today?
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD?
#2- God withholds some which causes us to depend on Him.
Sometimes God is glorified when He tells us what will happen in the future because this proves that He knows and even decrees what will take place. But more often God chooses to be glorified in us when He doesn’t tell us everything so that we’re forced to wait on Him.
When our bellies are full we have a tendency to get too relaxed. When we’re not suffering persecution or going through tribulation we start to build permanent houses and get fat and lazy and start living like we’ve got a stake in this place. But when God lets us do without we’re constantly reminded of our need for Him. If all our bills were paid how we would look to Him in faith? If I know all my food for the next year is in the pantry, then why do I even need Him? But if I can’t see the means then I’m forced to trust that He’ll provide.
Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for? (Rom. 8:24).
It reminds me of Abraham when he was on the mountain with his son. Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb?” (Gen. 22:7). And Abraham answered, “God will provide Himself a lamb” (Gen. 22:8). Abraham knew without proof or natural reason that God would provide, and so it’s said today: “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen” (Gen. 22:14).