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3 Kinds of Bread You Can Eat

Wes Raley

The Bible has many references to "bread." It has a symbolism attached to it such as - what in life are you feasting upon and being filled with? I have chosen 3 breads to discuss below that the Bible points out as a choice we have to eat. (There are others not listed here, such as the bread of adversity (Isaiah 30:20), etc.):

1) The Bread of Idleness

"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness" (Proverbs 31:27).

This is not a "waiting in faith" or a "not doing in trust." Rather, this is a person who has decided to abandon the responsibilities and opportunities of their life for a slacking, lazy lifestyle. This kind of living is not the way to prosperity, blessing, or enjoyment. The bread of idleness leads to apathy, hopelessness, and despondency.

2) The Bread of Anxious Toil

"It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved sleep" (Psalm 127:2 ESV).

The bread of anxious toil is a trap that all of us could fall into at any given time, but especially men (see Genesis 3:18-19).

The temptation to "work our life away" does exactly that. It slowly dwindles away the fulfillment, enjoyment, and fun out of life when we embrace a "worker" mentality before God. This is why it's so important to have an attitude of a son/daughter of God instead of a slave (see Luke 15, especially notice where the younger brother stays in the party while the older brother focuses on his performance and subsequent lack).

This kind of bread leads to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

3) The Bread of Life

"Then they said to Him, 'What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?' Jesus answered and said tho them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.' Therefore they said to Him, 'What sign will You perform that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate manna in the desert; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat."' Then Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' Then they said to Him, 'Lord, give us this bread always.' And Jesus said to them, 'I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believe in me shall never thirst'" (John 6:28-35).

We must feast upon the Living Word, Jesus Christ, who has promised us that we truly live not on earthly bread, but on "every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4 NASB).

This thought is what led me to write my new devotional "Words That Proceed: 97 "Right Now Devotions for Your Life Today" as a resource for you to feast upon Bread #3 as your #1 choice: The Bread of Life.

If you long to hear from God daily in a fresh new way, I suggest you pre-order a copy of Words That Proceed today!

Thank you and God bless!

Wes Raley

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