The Throne Phone by Kay Keith Peebles

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“If you need us for anything, just call our cell.” Those were our words to our family when we left on a mission trip to Kenya in 2013. My husband Larry and I had finally entered the smart phone generation a few months prior to our trip. Believing for more opportunities to minister oversees, our choice of phone was conditional on our having the ability to use a SIM card from other countries. That would have enabled us to save a lot of U.S. phone roaming charges when we traveled to other nations on mission trips. Even though we were only going to be gone for two weeks, we would be 8,028 miles from home with an eight hour time difference. Larry’s parents were in a nursing home and he needed to be reached if anything happened regarding their health and well-being. We nearly lost them both within a five day period the year before. Since then, His Mom 88 and Dad 92 each required full-time nursing care. At their age, a life-threatening emergency could happen at any time.

The ability to be contacted oversees, in a timely manner, would not have been possible a few years prior. We were amazed that we could be half a world away and receive a phone call from back home in a time sensitive fashion. Critical decisions could be discussed and made within moments of need. Smart phones have made travel more convenient when life at home does not stop just because we are not there. Our phone gave us a sense of peace, knowing we could be contacted immediately if an emergency occurred that required our wisdom, judgment or approval. In the U.S., family decisions, including health, could not be carried out without the authority of the one assigned the Power of Attorney over the parent’s welfare. My husband had been given the Power of Attorney to make decisions for his parents when they were unable to make them for themselves. We thank God there were no emergency phone calls on that trip. It was good to know, had there been an emergency, we could have been reached in the Mount Kenya region within seconds of the onset of a problem.   The peace we had gave us the ability to focus on our ministry to others which was our purpose for going.

Prayer is the vehicle God created for us to get in touch with Him. While meditating about prayer an idea sparked my imagination: God has a Throne Phone and our number is in His contacts list. The Lord may not have a literal Throne Phone, but in the same way our cell phones made us accessible on the other side of the world, God is just that accessible to us and more. Scripture assures us, He is available at any time we need to call on Him. Psalms 138:3 declares, “In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.” Psalm 34:17 promises: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distresses and troubles.” (Emphasis mine)

The Bible is God’s “calling” card to His people. It is full of assurances, promises, declarations and teaching that were meant to comfort us. On this calling card, God gave us instructions on how to reach Him if we had any questions, problems, crisis, or just wanted to talk with Him. Scripture can also be used when we pray, to bring God to remembrance of His promises and to declare His word over our situations.  The Word of God is His assurance that He is a refuge in the time of trouble!  Psalm 46:1-2 affirms: ‘God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas. Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult, Selah [pause and calmly think of that]!” (Emphasis mine)

When Moses was standing before the burning bush on Mount Moriah receiving instructions on how to deliver the slaves from Egypt, Moses asked the Lord whom he should say sent him to free the Israelites. God’s response was in Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites, I AM has sent me to you.” (Read the story in Exodus 3 and the whole account of Israel’s freedom in the book of Exodus.)

There are many names God has used to describe Himself that relate to His character. The name I AM is one of the most powerful because it describes Him as a NOW God! He is not simply a God of the past nor is He only a God of the future. He is I AM (Now, present tense). We know He is eternal and existed before creation, and will be forever. Knowing I AM will hear us today brings us great peace and comfort.

The Lord begins to work on our behalf the moment we ask for help. There is no time gap. From the instant we call out to Him, He immediately hears. His answers come in perfect timing. He’s never late, but He may not come exactly when we think He should. He is working all things together for our good and it is our responsibility to trust Him and His timing. The challenges we face are not meant to defeat us but they can be opportunities to lead us into greater realms of faith and trust.

There is a confidence that comes when we know I AM. There is so much more to that name than seems apparent. Not only is the Lord a triune God (Father, Son Jesus and Holy Spirit), He functions in a trinity of power. 1) He is Omnipotent: Revelation 19:6b “Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!” This means God is Almighty, He is the Lord of Hosts. In other words, He has the highest power and authority available and a host of angels to help bring forth His will. The Lord has no limitations. He has the power to do anything. Absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. 2) He is Omniscient: This power trait is All-Knowing. Nothing that happens on earth escapes His knowledge. One of His names which I mentioned in my previous writing, The God Who Sees Me, explores the fact that God is All-Seeing. He sees us in our time of need and when we call on Him, He moves on our behalf. 3) God is Omnipresent: Because God is a Spirit, He can be everywhere at the same time. He is not confined to human limitations or human imagination. He can hear our prayer and dispatch our deliverance at the same time He answers the prayers of someone in China, and Brazil, Greenland and wherever there is need.

Therefore, the Lord sees and knows everything that occurs in our lives. His presence is available to us every moment of our lives, and He has all the power needed to come to our rescue. It is our responsibility to make the “call” (prayer) for help. A miracle begins when we call upon the Lord. First, we have confirmed our faith that He can do something about our situation by the very act of reaching out to Him. Second, we humble ourselves by asking for His intervention, because we recognize we do not have the wisdom or power to solve our crisis. Third, by praying to Him, we have the expectation that He will do something about our emergency.

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 29. It is a song David wrote praising the Lord for His mighty power. He acknowledges the Lord for being All-Powerful (Almighty) and describes His power in understandable analogies. David worshipped the Lord as a lad while watching his father’s sheep. As a teen he was able to kill a lion and a bear that were attacking the sheep. That strength and ability would require God’s intervention at such a young age. He had experienced God’s Almighty hand of deliverance time after time in his life, including his defeat of the giant Goliath. (See 1 Samuel 17).

David personally experienced the Lord’s presence, His All-Knowing and His Power. Psalm 29 was written by one who knew intimately the God he was praising. At the end of this beautiful psalm, David made a prophetic declaration about God which was birthed out of his experiences with God. Psalm 29:10-11 “The Lord sat as King over the deluge; the Lord (still) sits as King [and] forever! The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Isaiah 59:19b promises: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].”

Today, is your life in the center of a raging storm? Has a deluge of flood waters surrounded you making you feel as if there’s no way out? Have you exhausted every thread of wisdom and direction and yet find yourself still overwhelmed and broken? There is wonderful news for you, I AM is King over the deluge. You may have already been praying to the Lord over your situation but may not have seen the Lord as I AM!

Your answer is to make a call to the Almighty, All-Powerful, Omnipotent One, I AM. By reading Psalm 29 out loud to Him, making it your prayer, you will bring Him honor and glory. Then, ask Him to be King over your deluge. While He is working all things together for your good, He can surround you with His peace, and comfort you with the knowledge, He is working on your behalf. If you are His child, you qualify for His help. If you are not His child, invite the Lord Jesus into your heart, repent of your sins and ask Him to intervene in your life. Jesus came to save the broken and hurting, the confused and the weak and those who have lost their way. It is His desire that all might be saved.  (See 1 Timothy 2:4).

Who would have thought, God has a Throne Phone? He’s waiting for your call…

Daily Bread, Part Two by Larry W. Peebles

DSC_0522When the rains came on a Sunday morning, the offering buckets did double duty. They were used as rain buckets to catch the rain. Our local church building in the small town where we lived needed a new roof. Actually, because the building was almost seventy years old, we needed a new building.   After initially studying the situation, the members learned that while their intentions and willingness were good, the finances to build a new building did not appear to be there. What we learned, and what I still remember from that opportunity caused me to see God as the Provider in a new and very strong way.

In “Daily Bread, Part One”, I gave the biblical basis for the statement that God is the Provider. Simply put in an agricultural sense, He provides the seed, brings the rain, and causes the increase or crop. Our part is to identify and plant in good soil, and gather in the harvest. We have work to do, but He is the Provider. He does not always provide in ways we ask or expect, but He does provide. If we ask, He does not necessarily provide what we think we want, but He will supply what He knows we need. We needed a new church building, and we asked Him to provide.

Our initial findings indicated two things. First, we did not have enough members or money to pay cash for a new building of the same size, let alone a larger building which would allow us to grow. Second, we did not have the monies to qualify to borrow the funds to build the same size building. We continued to ask Him to provide.

The first miracle provision came when a family with deep roots in the community and in our church agreed to donate a piece of land in a very suitable location. The land was large enough to build and expand upon, and had excellent road access and traffic visibility. A church in this location would be a brick billboard for people driving by, and give us the opportunity to add members and grow.

The second miracle provision came when the church decided to ask its members to collectively loan to the church the money to build the building. Since we could not obtain a bank or commercial loan, and our members did not have the money to give or donate for the building, would they be willing to loan the money to build?

The church set up a legally binding structure to obligate itself to gradually repay with interest over a one to fifteen year period any monies borrowed from its members (or anyone else). The church would set aside a specified amount each week sufficient to repay the obligation. The mother church to our church agreed to back up the obligation. The church then went about borrowing the funds to build from its members and the community at large. Construction could not begin until all the funds necessary to finish the building were received. God would have to provide another miracle, but we all had a part to play.

My family emptied out our savings and, in addition, borrowed a little at the bank on our own credit so we could lend the money to the church. We were new believers with small children. We did not have a lot of spare money lying around. We simply saw the need and wanted to help, so we loaned everything we could scrape together to get the program going. We believed what we have comes from Him, so if He had need of it, we could certainly let Him use it. Many other members and families in the church and the community did the same thing. One Sunday morning we were told in church that only a small amount remained to be gathered in, and we could begin construction. In a powerful move of the Holy Spirit, the members in church that morning agreed to go the second mile and committed to fund the balance needed. There was not a dry eye in the house.

The rest, as they say, is history. The larger building was built, the church grew and prospered, and there were no problems in meeting the financial obligation to repay the members. God had provided a unique way to solve a problem that seemed to have no solution. His provision, however, did not end there.

I eventually took a job in another state, and my family moved away. Over the years, we received the agreed repayments of the amount we loaned, with interest, until all had been repaid. The amount we loaned is not important, so let’s say it was “x”. It was also an odd amount, not a nice round number like $1000.

I did well in my new job, and one year earned a significant bonus. It was a real blessing to our family, as the kids were then about to graduate from high school and enter college. The bonus was an odd amount, and I asked the Lord why that amount at this time. He said to refer to the original paperwork on the church loan. When I did, my mouth dropped wide open. Fifteen years to the month after starting that 15 year church loan program, I was looking at a bonus in an amount equal to “10x+7”, or ten times the amount we originally loaned (and were repaid, with interest), plus seven dollars. God had not forgotten. If the church had experienced a miracle, my family experienced a super miracle. There was no doubt on the timing or the math on the amount, because He told me to look it up in the old paperwork. Further, while we waited for the repayment over those fifteen years, and had no savings, we had no family expense He did not cover.

As I continue to testify and praise God for this miracle of provision, in reflection I can say there are at least four points to take away from this experience:

  1. God is the Provider. Again, many of the scriptures supporting this statement are contained in Part One, but Genesis 22:14 is where His name “Provider” is used for the first time. His name is indicative of His nature and character. He created it all, and owns it all. (1 Chronicles 29:14). He provides it all.
  2. We are not to consume all that He provides. We are to be good stewards of what He provides for us. Some should be given to the local church in the form of a tithe (which I will discuss in a later article), and some set aside as savings. Proverbs 13:11 says “he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” When a need arises, there will be money to address it. In Genesis 41: 33-40, Joseph set aside from the years of plenty enough to survive in the lean years ahead. Proverbs 21:20 says “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” Think of what is stored or set aside as the seed for opportunity.
  3. When the opportunity comes, invest in what God is doing. 2 Corinthians 9:11 says “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” We are blessed so we can be a blessing. King David, the second king of Israel, was troubled that he lived in a fine house, but the ark of God resided in a tent. He saw the need, and out of love, he wanted to build a temple for the Lord. (2 Samuel 7). He gave tremendous amounts from his personal wealth to do this (1 Chronicles 29), and the Lord blessed him and his household by allowing Solomon, his son, to become the wealthiest man to have lived. He eventually placed another of his descendants, Jesus, on the throne to rule forever.  The blessing far exceeded what he gave.
  4. God provides the harvest. In Matthew 9:28 He is “the Lord of the harvest.” In Matthew 13:8 seed planted in good soil “produced a crop-a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” My family’s seed was invested in something He was doing. The seed was returned with interest, and a bumper crop of ten times what was planted, plus seven dollars more. The number seven in scripture is a number meaning full, finished, or complete. I took this to mean that after the church had repaid the loan with interest, God wanted to say this was a job well done, an investment well made. He was pleased, and wanted to put a final and definitive word on the repayment.

In conclusion, our miracle working God is not only our Provider, but “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20). Ask Him for your daily bread. Invest in what He is doing in the earth. Then hang on for the ride of your life.

Peace At Last Part 2 by Kay Keith Peebles

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The grip of fear was suffocating. For years my husband Larry and I had dreamed of going on an Alaskan cruise and here we were, sailing on Alaska’s inside passage. Since leaving Vancouver, the sea had been calm. Our ship was huge and I was having no problems with motion sickness. Several days into our journey we entered the port of Skagway. This port touted the most exciting adventure of all. There would be a flight to a nearby island where a bus tour would take us to see bear, moose, eagles and mountain goats. On the return flight we would experience a breathtaking view of the glaciers.

That morning Larry and I enjoyed our breakfast with friends, while viewing the Skagway harbor and the surrounding mountains. Our friends were taking a helicopter ride over the glaciers later that morning while Larry and I were flying in a small 12 seat airplane on our journey. Sipping my coffee, I looked directly at the helipad and watched a helicopter land. My heart began to race. A powerful wind had begun to blow while we were eating. I could see the helicopters bob up and down, and swing side to side as they were taking off and landing. They looked like a piece of popcorn ejecting from an air popper.

Ten years earlier I had dealt with a fear of flying and received freedom by putting my trust in the Lord. Watching the wind toss the helicopters stirred up that fear and my heart was pounding in my chest. After breakfast we walked through town and on to the airport. The wind was so forceful we had to lean into it to be able to keep our balance. With every step I was not only struggling with the wind, I was struggling with intense fear.

We got to the airstrip just in time to see our plane arriving. In dismay, I watched it dancing in the sky like the helicopters I had seen earlier. I turned to Larry and said, “I can’t do this. You go on and I’ll stay in town and wait for you.” Our tickets were prepaid and this adventure was relatively expensive. There would be no refunds at the last minute. Larry answered, “No, honey, if you can’t get on the plane, I won’t either. It’s okay.” I tried to reason with him as we allowed our group to line up ahead of us and one by one step into the plane.

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As we followed the group forward, each step brought me closer and closer to the door of the plane. I did not want to waste the money we had invested on this excursion but the fear made me shudder. As the last two people got on the plane, the pilot was standing by the door ready to greet us. He looked at me and he could see the terror on my face. Humiliated, I began to cry. The pilot spoke to me with understanding and kindness. He told me he was a highly experienced pilot and familiar with this kind of weather. He also informed me it was only a ten minute flight to the island and if I thought I could not endure the 45 minute return flight over the glaciers, they would send me back by boat.

I did not want to miss such an incredible trip or waste the cost of the tickets, nor did I want to concede to defeat because of fear. I slowly stepped up into the plane. There were only two seats left. I took the window seat in the back row. When I sat down I tried to compose myself as tears continued to fall down my cheeks. I began to pray, repenting for being fearful. I knew fear was not of God. 1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].”

I told the Lord I not only knew the fear had not come from Him, I also knew this kind of fear was the lie of the enemy. Although my mind understood, my emotions still felt overwhelmed by fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 declares: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

Having repented, and being determined to rein in my emotions, I asked the Lord to take away the fear in my heart and replace it with His peace. Miraculously, as the plane lifted off the ground I felt as if I was in a bubble of peace. Peering out of the window I saw incredible views of mountain peaks that appeared almost close enough to touch. I was in heaven. I never felt one bump, sway or drop. I took pictures as fast as I could shoot, amazed at the beauty and splendor below. I could hear a woman at the front of the plane screaming in fear, but I never felt anything but God’s perfect peace. After our tour of the island, I fearlessly boarded back on our plane. As we flew over the glaciers, I looked in awe at the contrast between the dazzling white snow and the rich blue-green glacial ice. Our return trip was 45 minutes and all that time I was in ecstasy. I was given two gifts that morning, a feast for the eyes and a feast in the Peace of God. My experience that day taught me an important lesson: my feelings are not reliable, but God is.

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In Peace At Last Part 1, I quoted the following scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7a “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end.”

Reading this powerful prophecy about Jesus, I was struck by two phrases: “and the government shall be upon His shoulder” and “Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end”. The revelation of the eternal power and authority of Jesus to rule and reign, not only in heaven but also on earth, shook me to the core. It meant, no matter what environment I was in, Jesus had the power to intervene on my behalf!

When the disciples of Jesus asked Him how to pray, He taught them The Lord’s Prayer which is found in Matthew 6:9-13. After acknowledging God as our Heavenly Father and honoring His name, Jesus spoke a powerful declaration: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus gave His disciples (us) the license to invoke His Kingdom authority and rule to intervene in our circumstances. When we surrender our lives to Jesus’ authority, the Prince of Peace comes, breaks through the chaos of this world, and restores peace.

The dominion for our peace comes from heaven to earth. The governments of this world, the government of the United States or any other government on earth cannot give us peace. True peace only comes through faith in Jesus, upon Whose shoulders God placed His government authority. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.   By giving Him permission to rule in our lives, we can abide in His peace not just in eternity, but here on earth.

When I heard the woman screaming in the plane I realized the Lord had not stilled the wind, instead, He had stilled my heart. The plane must have bounced around but I did not feel it. He had enclosed me in a bubble of His peace and nothing could touch me, harm me or cause me to be afraid. God does not always change the circumstance we are in, but He does change our perspective of our circumstance while empowering us to face it. The Peace of God gives us overcoming power and grace for whatever confronts us, including death.

Larry and I have had the privilege of ministering to several loved ones at their time of death. We have learned there is no holier time than when one graduates from earth into eternity. We have witnessed the power of God’s Peace swallow up the fear of death for those who call Jesus Lord. The Apostle Paul explained it so beautifully in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55. “And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

The One Who is Peace has the divine power and authority to bring Peace into every situation of our lives. We need not live in fear another day. He holds the keys to death and hades. He has the power to not only transform our lives but to also transform the atmosphere around us from fear, worry, and anxiety to perfect Peace.

The Peace of God comes when we confess our weaknesses and cry out for His presence. In His presence we will find His Peace. When we abide in the presence of the Prince of Peace, then we can truly say, “Ahhhhhhh, Peace at last!”

Daily Bread, Part One by Larry W. Peebles

DSC_0522I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The early bird gets the worm. These sayings, and others similar, were taught in the house when I was a young boy growing up. I do not discount, nor question the value of hard work. The question is who is my provider? Where does my bread come from?

My parents both grew up in the Great Depression. Because my mother grew up on a farm, she had food to eat, even though times were difficult, and money was very tight. My grandfather had inherited the farm, which provided a place to live. Transportation was often by foot, and clothes were homemade, sometimes from print flour and feed sacks. My father grew up in a large family his parents were unable to support. The family moved from one abandoned house to another, and was assisted by county welfare. Clothes were hand-me-downs, and there were no shoes until time to start school. Dad’s parents both died at an early age, meaning I would never know them as grandparents. My mother worked hard on the farm to help support her family, and my father quit school to support his family. He would often say he wished he had two nickels to rub together.

With that background as a point of reference in my formative years, I came to hate poverty. I also came to believe that my hard work and effort would make the difference in surviving and being successful in terms of a higher standard of living. However, without discounting the value of diligence and hard work, I later came to know there is another larger, more important perspective, and that is the spiritual perspective.

There are a number of scripture passages that speak to the spiritual perspective. In Genesis 22, Abraham’s devotion to God was tested when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac his son.   Preparations were made, and the two set out for Mt Moriah, or present day Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.   Abraham knew God very well, and trusted him without question. Accordingly, when Isaac asked about the lamb he thought would be needed for the sacrifice, Abraham said God would provide one. After the altar was built and the wood was laid on it, Abraham laid Isaac on the altar and took out a knife, preparing to do what God had asked of him. An angel stopped Abraham, and God did provide the sacrifice, a ram tangled in a nearby thicket. Genesis 22:14 says [So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”] In this passage is disclosed one of the Names of God-Jehovah Jireh-the Lord Who Provides. The name Provider reveals an aspect of His eternal character and nature, and tells us something about Him.

In Exodus 16, the Bible says God sent quail in the evening and manna (bread) in the morning in order to provide meat and bread for the millions of Israelites newly freed from Egyptian slavery under Moses’ leadership. The manna fell from heaven, and was lying on the ground each day. God’s instruction was to gather each morning the bread that was needed for the day, and on the sixth day to gather enough for the seventh day as well. Because the seventh day was to be a day of rest, there would be no gathering on the seventh day. Food gathered above what was needed would spoil. This provision of daily meat and bread continued for forty years, until the children of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua, finally crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. This was the land that had been promised to Abraham as a result of his complete trust in God (Genesis 22:17-18).

In John 6, Jesus fed a meal of meat and bread to five thousand men from a boy’s sacrifice of his five small loaves of barley bread and two small fish. The count did not include women and children. This was truly a miracle, because after everyone had eaten their fill, the leftovers exceeded the food he had to begin.

The real meat of all these passages begins with Jesus’ teaching on bread the day following the miracle. Starting with John 6:25, and continuing through verse 59, consider these words of Jesus:

  1. V.25-“they found him on the other side of the lake”. Who is “they”? The crowd of five thousand from the day before. They were the descendants of Abraham, and descendants of those who came to the Promised Land. They knew the story of Abraham and Isaac. They knew the story of the quail and manna each day in the desert for forty years. They witnessed the feeding miracle the day before, and ate the bread and fish. They were literally full of a miracle. Many had stayed up all night talking about what they had seen and tasted.  The next day they found Jesus again, and received this teaching.
  2. V. 27-“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”
  3. V.32-33-“It is not Moses who has given you the bread from Heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
  4. V.35-“I am the bread of life.”
  5. V.41-“I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
  6. V.49-“Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.”
  7. V.50-“Here is the bread that comes down from heaven which a man may eat and not die.”
  8. V. 51-“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.”

Taking all these scriptures together, one can draw these conclusions:

  1. God is the Provider. Your work and effort is not the provider, nor is your job, neither is your pension, IRA or 401k. Your diligence, effort and cooperation are a required part of the solution, but God is the Provider.
  2. When God required the children of Israel to gather the bread daily, He was teaching them to daily seek bread (the Bread of Heaven).   Although they were in the desert with no food, the manna was not a feeding program. Gathering the bread given them would help them for the day, but learning to gather Bread (from heaven) daily would sustain them for eternity. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said it this way “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” These “things” are discussed in the verses immediately preceding: what will you eat, drink, and what clothes will you wear?
  3. Jesus is the living Bread from heaven that brings life. When He was hungry and tempted by the devil with bread, Jesus responded in Matthew 4:4 “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Seeking the Lord daily for a word or direction for your life (Bread) is better than bread. Isaiah 48:17 says “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, and directs you in the way you should go.” Some translations say “…teaches you to profit”. Time is well spent asking the Lord what is best, what is profitable, and which way to go.
  4. Regarding provision, if one gets up early to gather bread, the provision is on him. If one gets up early to seek Bread (from heaven), the provision is on God.
  5. Want to be a better provider? Want to be a better father, mother, teacher, student, nurse, business man, husband or wife? Want your finances to work for you instead of having to work so hard for your finances? The answer is the same. Gather manna daily. The priority is not to gather bread, but the Bread of Life from heaven. Start the day spending time with Jesus. Out of a strong personal relationship with God, Abraham was able to trust that He would provide.  When I realized God was my provider, the pressure to produce melted away. He gave me wise counsel, opportunities, and strategies. The Bible says He provides seed, brings the rain, and enlarges the harvest. My job was to sow the seed He provided. He brought the harvest.