Enough for today
The fragrance of freshly cooked bread is so compelling that supermarkets often pump the smell over the entrance. It makes us hungry for more. In the bible there are many images of bread as a picture of God’s presence and provision. While the Israelites were in the wilderness the LORD provided fresh Manna, or bread from heaven, each day. If they kept it overnight during the week it went off. Are you receiving from God each day, or running on something he did yesterday?
The temple included twelve loaves of bread called the bread of the presence. A reminder of God’s presence and provision for each of the twelve tribes. When Jesus comes he says, “I am the bread of life”. Then he takes bread and says “this is my body broken for you”. He has provided so much for us. But he does not expect us to survive on what he did yesterday. Jesus instructs us to pray, “give us today our daily bread”.
Jesus also promised that we would have a helper, the Holy Spirit. As we come to Pentecost we remember that first outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He is for everyone, young and old, men and women, rich and poor. But this Pentecost Sunday in the churches year should not be just a remembering of something God did years ago. He continues to pour out his Spirit and we need to receive more and more each day.
In Ephesians 5:18 it says that we are to “be filled with the Spirit”. The idea is that this is not a one time event, but rather a continuous filling with the Holy Spirit. So how are you doing? When was the last time you heard his voice, and felt his presence with you? If you are running on yesterday or last years filling of the Holy Spirit then stop right now and ask him to fill you to overflowing. You don’t have to wait till Sunday!