Day 2 – Provision and Forgiveness

“Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Today had me thinking quite a bit.

How do our lives reflect our belief that He will provide for us? Are we guilty of giving God our daily grocery list of what we want, or are we humbly submitting ourselves to His care and trusting Him to supply our every need, every day and in the measure that we need it?

Have you ever stopped and thought for a moment how your prayers would be changed if you focused less on what you want, and started to be intentional in trusting Him simply because He is God and He is good? 

I know I haven’t.

How often do we pray like this, only to fret about where our next meal is going to come from or how the bills are going to be paid?

Thank God that He is gracious, even in our unbelief. May we pray like the father of the demon possessed boy: “I believe! Rescue me from my unbelief!

I’m astounded by how readily God forgives and draws near to those who are broken.

And we pray for God to forgive us our trespasses. It sounds easy enough, until you read a bit further and see these words:

…as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Forgiveness is a hard thing for me to fathom, especially since I know that I can name three people off the top of my head, who I know I don’t want to see again. Many times I would try and justify my rationale towards my lack of forgiveness of these persons:

They did so and so!” and “You don’t know how they belittled me in the time I knew them!

Perhaps you can relate to what I’m trying to communicate. You most likely have your own stories to tell about wrongs you suffered at the hands of others. As you think on it, turn your gaze to the cross of Calvary, remind yourself, daily, that “while you and I were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Sinners who, apart from Christ, and under the scrutiny of God’s law and the weight of God’s wrath, deserved the eternal punishment of hell. We, who before Christ found us, were followers of satan, bound by our lust and the pleasures of this world.

Consider that the God of all the Universe stooped down and came as a Man, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, to free us from the dominion of sin, redeeming us for Himself by His own blood.

And then, rely on His strength, His Grace and His goodness to give you, daily, all that you need, which includes the will to forgive those who have sinned against you.

May the Lord bless you as you continually seek His face

-G

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