How Jesus Becomes Our Daily Bread
Oh, how I need Jesus in my life daily! I am not ashamed to say that I need Him in order to make it through every day. Matthew 6:34 NIV states,
 
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
 
The troubles of this life will surely weigh you down. Every second of every day, something awful in our world is happening. I don’t know about you, but I can only handle one day at a time.

Whenever I am too anxious, I know I have to stop, and repent by asking God for His forgiveness for not submitting my feelings to Him. When I reach out to God, He has a way of bringing my mind back into focus. I pray for God’s peace. Philippians 4:7 NIV states,
 
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God always provides me with His peace.”

This past Fall 2018, I was notified on my job that there would be downsizing, and we had the option of staying or accepting a severance package. I am a worrier by nature, but I had a conversation with God in which I told Him that I wanted to do things differently this time. I did not want to worry, but wanted to fully trust Him as to what He wanted me to do. I was determined not to make a move until I heard clearly from the Lord.
 
There was chatter at the office about this hot topic. Every day, people asked me what I was going to do. I made it clear I was consulting God about the matter and was waiting on Him as to what I should do. I’ve learned that in life, we can get in a haste and make the wrong decisions. As a result, we need God to come and clean up our mess in which we had no business getting involved with in the first place.
 
I felt at peace no matter which decision God wanted me to make because I knew that He would supply all of my needs. I read Matthew 14 daily. It refers to the time Jesus tells Peter to come to Him on the water. As soon as he takes his eyes off of Jesus, Peter starts to sink. This has become one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible, and I still it read almost daily to this very day. This scripture helped me to focus on Jesus.
 
There were times when I would become a little anxious as to what life would be like if I were no longer employed at my job, which I had been working at for the past 12 years. When those feelings of uncertainty would come, I would redirect my attention to that scripture. Prayer helped also.
 
I kept asking God to show me what I need to do. I asked Him for a concrete answer so that I would know for certain that it was from Him and not what I thought I heard God saying. I never heard anything. So, I decided to stay. I realize that God was speaking to me by not actually speaking, if that makes sense.
 
This can be compared to using a GPS for navigational directions. When you’ve received your most recent command, and you have miles to travel before the next turn, the instructor is quiet. You may check your phone to see if you’re still connected to the GPS because you haven’t heard anything in a while. You notice you’re still connected, but the instructor (or GPS) will not provide you with additional directions until you’ve driven those miles.
 
I kept working because if He wanted me to leave, He would have made that clear. So, you see friends, I received my answer. I realize God still has work for me to do. That’s why He didn’t want me to leave. I get to continue to spread God’s word and His love to my coworkers.
 
I love talking about God and showing people that He can make the impossible possible…as long as we let Him. Someone there needs to see Jesus, and I always ask Him to help me to help someone else as I pass along this way. As long as we keep our focus on Jesus, He will provide a way of escape for us. Jesus is near, but He will not force Himself onto us. All we have to do is call on the name of Jesus, and He will be there to carry us through. Sometimes, He will deliver us FROM the fire. Other times, He will deliver us THROUGH the fire. 

He will deliver us FROM the fire. Other times, He will deliver us THROUGH the fire. 

God can change our situation within the blink of an eye. When we stay ready, we won’t have to get ready. I’m reminded of the Israelites in Exodus 16 where they were upset with Moses and Aaron. The Israelites believed the two of them brought them into the desert to starve them to death. They wished to have died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt.
 
God told Moses He would rain bread down from heaven. God gave them specific instructions on how they should gather the manna. God provided for His people every single day! Israelites grumbled,  however God still kept His promise to them, and He made a way for them in the wilderness.
 
I am glad that God is faithful to me even when I am not always faithful to Him. That’s the effect of His love for us. He provides us with His loving grace and mercy daily, and I am thankful to Him for it!

This article was written by Kimberly  Thompson.
 
Kimberly Thompson is a freelance writer where she she discusses faith and how to grow closer to God. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her Mom.