Fresh Bread Always Wins

When you talk to people about food even the most hardened carb-o-phobe will talk wistfully of the smell of fresh bread.

Fresh bread is so inviting, for its simplicity it feels gourmet. It nourishes us, forms the basis of the diet of so many, it evokes memories of favourite spreads and special moments. It speaks to so many of our senses.

It’s night and I’m feeling flat and I’m realising, once again, that it’s been a while since I’ve experienced the spiritual taste of fresh-today bread. I’ve been going too long on yesterday, last week, a month ago….

I’ve missed the warning given to the Israelites about the manna from heaven.
Exodus 16 – excerpts – italics and underlining added

Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord.
15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”For they did not know what it was. “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. 
17 And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it.

So much in that story speaks to me. Each one gathering what they need. God’s glory revealed morning by morning until it becomes a regular expectation.

Lack of trust in the constant provision – that one stings. I do that. I start to waver in my trust that He will provide every day. He will satisfy

Maybe you’re like me. You know what it’s like to have lived with the joy, the sustenance of daily bread but along the way you’ve stopped looking daily. You’ve stuck with scraps and tried to stock-up on ‘Sundays special sale prices’… thinking it’ll get you through the week.

Suddenly fresh bread today seems like a job you have to do and you think bread making is hard work, time consuming and it’s just too much to fit in to your day and you shove in a little stale bread from some other time, or you go with out.

We go without

I go without

As someone who has made a lot of bread by hand I remember that bread making takes time but not in the way I imagine from a distance. Up close there’s some ingredients in the bowl, then some kneading – maybe ten minutes – and then the bread does all the rest.

And I remember that spiritual bread is like that too.

Set aside time, gather ingredients, ten minutes of digging in and then over the day that investment rises, rests, rises and produces something that nourishes me in a way that stale, leftovers never can.

Fresh bread satisfies.

Fresh bread provides me with something to share.

Give us today our daily bread.

How can it be that I am so slow to learn? That I can have all the joy of daily bread and next week be trying to stuff my pockets on Sunday to get me through the week.

Daily bread – the body broken for me. Jesus says, ‘I am the bread of life.’

Open my eyes to see I am living on scraps of stale bread when I dwell in a kingdom where fresh bread is available freely every day. Give me grace not to forget how your bread is my true satisfaction and you are available. Make me only satisfied by meeting you daily.
John 6v48 +51
I am the bread of life.  51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
Matthew 4v4
But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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