Words from the Heart for Thursday May 14th, 2020
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 6:11-12 (NIV)
Daily Bread and Debts
The Canadian government debt, commonly called “public debt” or the “national debt”, is the amount of money owed by the Government of Canada to holders of Canadian Treasury security. According to data from Statistics Canada, net debt as of March 2019 was approximately CAD$768 billion. With total GDP of approximately CAD$2.2 trillion, Canada’s overall net-debt/GDP ratio is about 34%. “Gross debt” is the national debt plus intragovernmental debt obligations or debt held by trust funds. The annual government “deficit” is the difference between government receipts and spending.
The heart of the Christian gospel is a simple message – God loves you. And because He does, like a loving Father, He meets all of our needs. As the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” What a great promise. Out of His limitless riches that are His in Jesus Christ, God will meet all of our needs. So it shouldn’t surprise us that when Jesus teaches His followers to pray, He says this in Matthew 6:11-12, “Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Like children who are loved by human parents taking their needs to mom and dad, we can come to our heavenly Father to request from Him our daily bread. While God had provided manna to the people of Israel in the wilderness a millennia before, this prayer is really about far more than just bread. We can trust God for everything we need on a daily basis. This includes God’s forgiveness for sin, and the grace to forgive others who have sinned against us.
These have been words from the heart.