Day 41 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Be Satisfied with Daily Bread!

Most business people prefer to enjoy profit windfalls that fill their coffers and take the pressure off of meeting payrolls and paying the rent for several months in advance. But that’s not the way it normally works! In fact, getting too much, too soon, can cause you to let up, loosen disciplines, and go too easy on accountability. But worst of all, it can cause you to forget about God. That’s why in Matthew 6:11 when Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, He instructed them to ask, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Notice that Jesus didn’t instruct them to ask: “Give us the next six month’s worth of bread”. This is because human nature is to become too self-sufficient and prideful when covered in riches. If they had riches six months at a time, they might not be inclined to seek God, please God, thank God, or pray to God as often. In fact, for the forty years God led the Israelites to the Promised Land, He provided bread for them–one day at a time. But, the manna (bread) lay on the ground each day–it didn’t just fall into the pot. It was up to them to go out, break a sweat, and pick it up. They were also told to gather only enough for a day. If they tried to hoard it, it would spoil. God was disciplining His people to trust Him as they moved towards their goal, in order to augment their faith for even bigger challenges to come.  We will do well to learn the same lessons about prayer, provision and trust.

More faith is built during tough and lean times than in times of abundance. Trials create the opportunity for testimonies that strengthen your faith and bring glory to God. In fact, meltdowns open up the door for miracles!

In, How to Lead by THE BOOK, I’ll present several strategies for leading through tough times. One  of them is to be more satisfied with daily bread, and to take comfort and confidence in the fact that He is faithful to provide it. The faith muscles you’ll enhance with a “daily bread” mentality, will discipline and prepare you for far greater accomplishments and blessings in the future.

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