This Month's Promise

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him...”

- (Romans 15:13)

Read: Luke 9: 10-17


“... Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. ...” (Matthew 14:19)

One of the basic things we all need for life is our food. Even in the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus encourages us to ask for our daily bread from His Father as it is important to us. If food and drink are something we are encouraged to ask God for, then is it not appropriate that we should also thank God when He provides it? Isn’t provision of food a blessing from God? Our Lord Jesus set the example of thanking God for it at meal times. In Luke 9:16 we read, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke them.” In Luke 24:30, we read, “When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.” Leaders in the early church also continued this practice of giving thanks for food before a meal. Acts 27: 33,35 says, “Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. ... After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.” But the trouble is, most of us take food for granted. We consider that it is simply the result of our hard-earned income. But if only we visit people who live in below-poverty line, we would know how greatly the Lord has blessed us. Mike will never forget his first trip to Uganda. He was given a welcome cup of tea and was just about to drink when his host said, “Shall we give thanks?” and proceeded with heartfelt thanksgiving for the tea they were about to take. What Mike had taken for granted was a miracle of provision for that family!

Dear friends, what about you? Do you take your food for granted too? Thanking God for our food before eating is a good way to remember how dependant we are upon Him and how we should be grateful for even the basic provisions of life. Some people today have a question, “Are all foods blessed or only a few?” But Jesus had made it clear that food cannot make us unclean. What makes us unclean is not that which goes into the mouth but what comes out of the heart. So let us eat the food God has provided us each day with thankful hearts and live for His glory every minute.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I have failed to “say Grace” before my meals. Even if I do most of the times, they are not prayers from my heart, but they become quick, formal and ritual. Our Lord Jesus has set us an example to pray at every meal. Lord, remind me to do as He did. Amen.