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Don't Take the Bread

I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.  Philippians 4:18 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.“Don’t take the bread!”

Once, while at a restaurant with friends, the waiter asked if he could remove items from the table to give more room for the main course. As he reached for a cup, I assumed he was about to remove our leftover bread. Without thinking, I said, “Don’t take our bread!”

Embarrassed by my too-quick and loudly spoken order, I apologized for my unnecessary outburst. In a kind, soft spoken tone, the gentleman replied, “Oh, no worry. I won’t remove the bread. I will only bring more.”  

Although in prison, Paul proclaimed he had enough. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

After my experience at the restaurant, I thought about how I react to God’s graciousness. He continuously gives me good things, but I worry they will disappear. Yet He supplies me with more than I need or deserve.

Think about what you need to turn over to God today. Trust His timely reply and ample provision.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Jody Holbert

Jody Holbert is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and Morehead State. She grew up in the hills of West Virginia. She is married and has lived in Ohio for thirty-five years. She and her husband Greg are both educators. They have two grown children and two wonderful grandchildren.