“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray He gave them a principle that has many applications. At the end of this chapter in the Gospel of Matthew, which records the central part of His great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated that we should not worry about tomorrow. Many have made that obvious application to this prayer petition. People with tragic challenges like addictions or overwhelming suffering are only able to get their heads and hearts around the concept of coping one day at a time.
Another application of this principle applies to divine guidance. In the third chapter of his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul wrote that one way to discern the will of God for our lives is to live up to the light we now have. He promises that as we do, God will give us more light. Someone once said, “If you want to see further ahead into the will of God for your life, then move ahead into the will of God just as far as you can see.”
As a college student I drove across the United States several times, mainly at night because there was less traffic. My headlights only illuminated about 100 yards at a time. I discovered that if I kept driving into the light the headlights gave me, I eventually traveled from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles.
It is easier for God to steer a moving vehicle than one that is stationary. As we respond to the light God is giving us He adds more light to our path. The application of that principle leads us into His will one day at a time.
Dick Woodward, 17 August 2010