March 11: Eating bread
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I have recently started to take the time to bake my own bread, and there are few things I like more than the feel of the bread dough as I knead it, or the smell of the hot fresh bread as it comes out of the oven. I love eating bread, and that’s even when I’ve had plenty to eat for the last 40 days. Bread is a wonderful thing. Is it so awful to want to eat bread?
We’ve been studying the Old Testament in Sunday School and looking at the themes of God’s protection and provision. In the escape from Egypt and the journey through the desert, God protected and provided for the Israelites time and time again. All they had to do was be still and trust. When the Israelites had nothing to eat God provided manna for them, but if they tried to save some for the next day, taking matters into their own hands, it became spoiled.
When the devil tempts Jesus, the devil is asking Jesus to twist this relationship of God’s provision, by telling Jesus to turn stone into bread, and God’s protection, by telling Jesus to throw himself off of the pinnacle of the temple. Jesus is being tempted to take control of God’s protection and provision rather than to be still and trust in God.
So no, bread is not an awful thing to want. We just need to remember to be still, and accept things on God’s terms rather than our own.