Pumpernickel, sourdough, ciabatta, croissant… I am an equal opportunity bread consumer. Are there any other bread lovers out there who know what I’m talking about? I know God’s Word says “man does not live by bread alone,” but sometimes I think I could.

God often spoke of bread and its involvement with sacrifices and Jewish rituals and He also used it regularly to provide for His people. One of the best known examples is the manna in Exodus 16.

If you continue reading the Old Testament, you’ll eventually read about some unlikely “bread” God wanted to provide for His people, but that their lack of faith prevented.

In Numbers 14, after Caleb, Joshua, and the other ten spies come back from spying out the promised land, Caleb speaks of the enemies who live there. He tells the nation of Israel, “Do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us” (Numbers 14:9 ESV).

Obviously neither God nor Caleb had turned cannibalistic. Caleb was simply describing their enemies as he saw them through God’s eyes:

  1. Not threatening. (Who is scared of a loaf of bread?!)
  2. A source of provision.

Caleb knew that with God on their side, even the biggest enemy was about as threatening as a loaf of bread. He also knew that God could not only defeat their enemies, but He could also use them to provide for His people!

What if we chose to view our struggles and obstacles in that way?

  1. Not threatening.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) God is not threatened by your obstacle and He’s not stressed out by your worries, so why should you be?

  1. A source of provision.

Not only can God defeat our enemies and overcome our obstacles, He can also use them to provide for us, build our faith, increase our patience, direct our lives, and change our perspective.

What we often view as a source of problems, God wants to use as a source of provision.

Trust Him today with whatever or whoever stands in front of you!