READ: Matthew 6:19-24
- If our prayer is, “Give us this day our daily bread,” then how do we get caught in the trap of thinking we need to store up a lot of treasure on earth? Doesn’t it seem counterproductive to have a big bank account if you are waiting for God to provide your daily meal? Is Jesus really suggesting that we don’t need to have 401Ks and IRAs and bank accounts? At what point does the accumulation of “an emergency fund” contradict Jesus’ teaching?
- The real question is not, “Do you have possessions?” The question is, “Do your possessions have you?” We certainly can rely too heavily on what we are able to accumulate. But we can also be presumptuous on God’s care or on the care of God’s people. The key is in not serving two masters. God must be the only One on whom we rely. Our trust cannot be in our estate. If our heart is guided by a desire to be self-sufficient, that should tell us we’ve stepped over an important line.
- Living a balanced life is a challenge to all who live in a culture such as ours. We are prompted from the time we are small to believe in saving and putting aside for emergencies. But we also live a world of insurance and welfare. The one thing that is not cultivated is a deep dependence on God for our daily needs. If that were true, we’d have a great deal less anxiety, worry and worse.
- How do you feel about praying for “our daily bread”?
- Describe a time when God supplied your needs in a way that was clearly Him.
- Why do you think we have a hard time not getting sucked into a consumeristic, materialistic mentality?
PRAY: Commit to trusting God for your daily needs. Pray that you are able to keep your balance between dependence and presumption. Ask God to help you trust if that is a difficult quality for you.