Our Daily Bread: Forwarded
- READ: Hebrews 5:12–6:2 Appended
By this time you ought to be teachers. —Hebrews 5:12
The eaglets were hungry, and Mom and Dad seemed to be ignoring them. The
oldest of the three decided to solve his hunger problem by gnawing on a twig.
Apparently it wasn’t too tasty, because he soon abandoned it.
What intrigued me about this little drama, which was being broadcast by webcam
from Norfolk Botanical Garden, was that a big fish lay just behind the eaglets.
But they had not yet learned to feed themselves. They still relied on their
parents to tear their food in tiny pieces and feed it to them. Within a few
weeks, however, the parents will teach the eaglets how to feed themselves—one
of their first survival lessons. If the eaglets don’t learn this skill, they
will never be able to survive on their own.
The author of Hebrews spoke of a similar problem in the spiritual realm.
Certain people in the church were not growing in spiritual maturity. They had
not learned to distinguish between good and bad (Heb. 5:14). Like the eaglet,
they hadn’t learned the difference between a twig and a fish. They still needed
to be fed by someone else when they should have been feeding not only
themselves but others as well (v.12).
While receiving spiritual food from preachers and teachers is good, spiritual
growth and survival also depend on knowing how to feed ourselves. —Julie
You’ve given us Your Spirit, Lord,
To help us grow, mature, and learn,
To teach us from Your written Word,
So truth from error we’ll discern. —Sper
Spiritual growth requires the solid food of God’s Word.
12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to
teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk,
not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not
acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the
mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be
taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from
acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing
rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal
1. Hebrews 6:1 Or from useless rituals
2. Hebrews 6:2 Or about baptisms
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.