Grace for the Moment

Once again, I am taking up reading the Bible in a year (I have yet to accomplish this). I have this Grace for the Moment Daily Bible that includes quotes from books from Max Lucado. I enjoy it alot and I loved the introduction that Max Lucado wrote for this book:

Dear Friend,

May the words of this book, God’s book, grant you eternal strength. May he steal your heart with heaven-glimpes and steel your character with strength-portions.

He will. God will meet your needs of today, today. This is his plan, help in the hour of need. Grace for the moment. The concerns of tomorrow will be met tomorrow. Provisions for next week will arrive next week. God meets the needs of the day, each day.

For that reason Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us the food we need for each day.” (Luke 11:3)

Bread represents our basic need. We need only a couple of things every day: breath, bread, a cherry-topped choclate ice cream sundae…(ok, the cherry is optional). Christ explains God’s schedule for meeting such needs. Day by day. We don’t pray for an annual allotment or monthly shipment of bread. He gives not a bakery or a truckload. He gives daily portions.

When the wilderness wandering Israelites grew hungry, he responded with daily downpours of manna and coveys of quail. God told them to gather just enough food for the day, but some didn’t listen. “But some of the people did not listen to Moses and kep part of it to eat the next morning. It became full or worms and bgan to stink…” (Exodus 16:20)

Don’t we likewise? Try to solve tomorrow’s problems with today’s resources and today stinks. It gets wormy. Jesus could not have been more forthright: “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have it’s own worries. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own” (Matthew 6:33-34).

Trust God, friend. “Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can recieve mercy and grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16, empahsis mine).

God gives grace for the moment. And in this moment, through these pages, may he amply provide for you.

Max Lucado

Here is a link to Amazon for this devotional bible: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Moment-Daily-Bible-reading/dp/B000V4R2L0/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293946497&sr=1-5

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