Devotions By Jan

Sourdough Bread

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Scripture for Today: Proverbs 30:8 “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”

There must have been five million different kinds of bread in France! There were different grain combinations, different densities, and different shapes.  Each region had their own specialties with recipes going back generations.  There were differences between baguettes in our own town depending on the bakery.  But one bread I could never find was sourdough bread.  For whatever reason, the French did not sell this variety.  Perhaps they felt the flavor would fight with the cheese.  And of course, because I could not get it I craved it more than all the others!

Our verse for today is about contentment.  The author of this proverb realized that too many riches did not make for a happy life.  And having nothing at all can create all kinds of discontent.  Somewhere in the middle there is a contentment possible with only the basic needs provided.  Having our daily bread is a luxury for some and yet in our affluent society, it is so easy to take it for granted.  Having so many choices of bread in France turned out not to be enough for me.  What a picture of discontentment!

Having too much or too little can lead to lies and falsehood to get what we want.  Having much somehow leads to craving more.  Staying in this frame of mind can make it easy to bend the rules, cheat a bit or defraud others.  Having too little can lead to lies and falsehoods in a desperate attempt to get ahead.

Where is my middle ground?  Could I honestly repeat this prayer?  Lord, “give us this day our daily bread” and with it may I find contentment in You.

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