“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
Have you ever been on a short-term mission trip? My first experience was a trip to Malawi in Africa. It didn’t take me long to realize that I had no business driving in Malawi, I couldn’t speak the language (Chichewa), and wouldn’t know where to find food.
I was literally at the mercy of our team’s missionary guide. For most of our time in Africa, our team was served Nsima for each lunch and dinner. It’s a staple food made from ground corn. It serves as a vehicle to eat whatever else is on your plate. Normally a meat or a vegetable.
Isn’t it interesting that we can go on a mission trip with an open heart and open hands and trust the Lord for our provision? We are content in knowing that God is truly going to meet our needs.
Yet we are not always so content on our own soil. Here at home, if we aren’t careful we will go to the extreme of consumerism. We forget about the beauty of simply trusting in God for the basics. We compare our current life status to Bill Gates or Oprah or Warren Buffett. “Surely, if Mr. Gates is truly worth $94.8 billion he could spare enough for pay for all of the things I want in life!”
As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we find ourselves filled in Him. Our desires start to focus on God’s glory and less on the possessions and things of our world. May we continually seek to move our prayers away from consumerism to true contentment in Him.
Heavenly Father, I trust You. I want my hunger and thirst for You to eclipse my desires for the things of this world. Amen.
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