daily bread

“Give us this day our daily bread, we pray

And give us likewise, Lord, our daily thought.
That our poor souls may strengthen as they ought
and starve not on the husks of yesterday.”
_Phillips Brooks

“I love to think that God appoints
My portion day by day;
Events of life are in His hand,
And I would only say,
Appoint them in Thine own good time,
And in Thine own best way.”
        _A .L. Waring

A few words about what you will find in these Daily Bread  posts  – or rather – what you won’t find, and why. The posts are offered as a guide to a daily quiet time and are meant to encourage and strengthen. They are bread and milk from the Word of God.They are a proven pattern for Daily Word Study, and from many, many years of experience I can assure you, by following a proven pattern you can have a DIY (do it yourself) Devotional time with the Lord each and every day.

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
_Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always been fascinated by birds… learning life lessons by watching them come for food and drink to stations, first near my parent’s window and later, in my own garden.
When I became a fledgling Christian one life lesson I observed by watching my feathered friends proved invaluable to my growth in Christ.
Baby birds develop very quickly compared to the young of many other species, due in part to the rich diet of predigested food served up non-stop by their devoted parents. But, if the youngsters are to develop fully, eventually to fly away and live out their lives as God intended, they must, by natural law, learn to feed themselves.
The same natural law applies to baby Christians!

Use the analogy of predigested food — apply it to all of the sermons, commentaries, books, tapes, and so on, and so forth available to us today. Not to mention the electronic devices which quadruple the availability of information.Isn’t it obvious?

Someone else, our devoted parents perhaps, found  nourishment in the Word, digested it, and feed it back to us processed through their understanding.

Any baby’s development will be severely limited on a diet of nothing except prepossessed bread and milk. If Christian youngsters are to develop fully, eventually to fly away and live out their lives as God intended, they must, by natural law, learn to feed themselves. Thus, our daily bread  inspired from God’s Word to use for a snack or a feast, as the Lord leads is a habit and pattern worth cultivating.

 

Start with a prayer

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law, O Lord. Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart. Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. So be it.

then pick any day as a starting place

Monday

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26

Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act. Psalm 37:3-5

Tuesday

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life. . . your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well. Matthew 6:25-34 * paraphrased

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and medicine to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

Wednesday

Are not two sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zech. 4:6b

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still. Exodus 14:13-14

Thursday

I bow my knees before the Father, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts, through faith: Ephesians 3:14-19 * paraphrased

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on it’s own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in right. Love bears all things, believes all thing, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Friday

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. Matthew 10:29

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee. Isaiah 26:3

Saturday

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.” Psalm 84:3

And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32

And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” Luke 13:20

Sunday

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:17-18

Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.” Romans 4:7-8

…and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of water.” Revelation 14:7

Bibliography: All scriptures quoted
from the Revised Standard Version
unless otherwise noted.


The New Testament in Modern English
author – J.B. Phillips Macmillan Publishing Company
866 Third Avenue, NY, NY 1002
ISBN 0-02-596970-6 



Harper Study Bible
Revised Standard Version
author – Harold Lindsell, Ph.D., D.D.
Zondervan Bible Publishers
Grand Rapids, Michigan
LCCC No 64-17541


The Living Bible Paraphrased
A Thought-for-Thought Translation
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Wheaton, Illinois
ISBN 0-8423-2293-0