The phrase “daily bread” appears four times in Scripture. Two are part of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6, Luke 11). A third is in Proverb 30, where Agur prayed that he not be given too much (and forget his need for God), or have too little (and steal his bread) – thus dishonoring the name of God. Each of these references is a reminder to be content with what we have and lean upon God for our daily existence.
The remaining mention of “daily bread” was uttered by Job after his loss of nearly everything:
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread. (Job 23:12)
What a claim! Daily bread in Job’s world was just that – day to day. He lived in a time without refrigerators, freezers, grocery stores, or restaurants on every corner. Bread was much more scarce; therefore it was precious and not taken for granted. To treasure something more than that was to place very high value upon it indeed!
I’d like to say that I could make the same claim about God’s Word as Job did. But, I fear I couldn’t do it with a straight face. Even if I did make the claim, it wouldn’t carry the same significance because I have several weeks of meals available in my house at any given time. Bread is not so valuable to me today because it isn’t as scarce.
Though our times are vastly different, Job’s words are still a beautiful example for us. Job valued God’s Word above everything else in his world. We, too, can strive to place that same value on the Word of God.
What do you truly treasure today? Within your list of treasures, where does God’s Word fit? –Dave
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