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As I’ve said before, I love seeing how Scripture works together in intricate ways. Here’s an interesting parallel between Matthew 6:11 (part of the Lord’s Prayer) and Job 23:12.
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matt. 6:11 KJV)
My Bible cross references this verse to Job 23:12:
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (Job 23:12 KJV)
I thought that was a neat connection: not only can we ask God for daily physical sustenance, but even more importantly we should be asking Him to feed us daily with His words and truth.
This reminds me of Psalm 23, specifically the verse that talks about green pastures:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:1-2 KJV)
I used to think of green pastures as lush meadows of abundance, but I heard a different perspective on this verse a few years ago that totally changed my outlook on the typical Psalm 23 interpretation (Ray Vanderlaan has good words on this subject). These are the “green pastures” of Israel:
The morning dew and following sunlight create a daily crop of grass for the herds of sheep and goats roaming the hillsides of Israel. Literally, daily – and it’s a shoot here, a shoot there. It’s just enough.
And isn’t that how God feeds us? Because He wants us to rely on Him for our daily sustenance both physically and spiritually, often He provides just enough to get us through. We are daily dependent on Him, or at least we should be. If you don’t feel close to God, are you trying to take control and lay up provision for the lean times? Trust God to provide you with daily bread; He’ll come through for you.
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