The Greater Hunger


And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. — Deuteronomy 8:3

From the minute we are born into this world, we crave food. And when we need food, we cry out for it, hoping a nearby parent will provide it. Out of mere compassion, a parent will provide the nourishment we need. Yet over time, we develop independence, where we no longer rely upon the feeding and care of a parent. And thus, we forget how dependent we were. Dependence, once unlearned, must be relearned because of the power of an independent spirit.

So God, in this situation, was reteaching his people complete and total dependence. He was retraining them to be dependent on him for everything beginning with this one thing — food. And as a compassionate Father, he provided over and over again. But this was not merely a lesson in physical dependence but one of spiritual dependence. God was using natural means to teach spiritual reliance on him for every word that came from his mouth. The food he provided was just a means to the end. It was a lesson in complete and total reliance on him so that as they needed food, or really anything else, they maintained a spirit of dependence and rejected the prideful impulse of independence.

We, too, must learn and relearn this throughout our lives. We start our spiritual lives with such enthusiasm and dependence on God. We lay our lives down for him, and in faith, we take our first steps with such trust and abandonment. But over time, we stray toward independence because of pride. And then God drives us back to trust in him with a troubling fall. While this can be humbling and sometimes humiliating, we should not see it this way. It's just our loving Father trying to get our attention once again. He's driving us back to dependence, like he did the Israelites here, which is the best place for us all to be — trusting in his words so that we can live life as it was meant to be.

ASK THIS: How has God used a prideful fall to get your attention?

DO THIS: Write down what you are learning in the comment section below.

PRAY THIS: God, thanks for getting my attention again today. Give me the ability to listen more carefully and obey more quickly every word that comes from your mouth. Teach me dependence again today.

PLAY THIS: Trust And Obey.


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  14. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I need to stop relying on my independence and trust and lean into His dependence more each day. He ONLY gives us daily bread so that we have to keep coming back to him for more bread. Thank You for Your sustenance Lord. Amen.

  15. Dennis says:

    Since the start of Covid related shutdowns back in March of 2020 when I lost my employment due to closures and started to collect my Social Security in May 2020 at the age of 62, I am learning to be dependent on God to provide and make the small amount of Social Security income stretch to meet our needs. I never stopped tithing and guess what, God has not failed to meet our needs. What an amazing God we serve! All His promises are kept as we place our dependence on Him.

  16. Lynn says:

    When I started serving others living in hard places I started the journey of Trust and Obey. This journey never ends, it’s starts anew each when I pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in all that I do.

  17. Rich Thomas says:

    There has been so many small moments that God had humbled me. Only somewhat recently have I stopped being bitter about it and let God teach me.

  18. SHELDON Bullard says:

    A near bankruptcy he showed me that i need to trust him in and with all things,I am so grateful for his provision. I am learning that i cannot live without him holding my hand

  19. Sam says:

    God has used my pride of thinking I know it all many times to teach me to stop and wait, I am still learning.

  20. Cory B says:

    The rekindling of an old relationship. The harder I try, the worse it seems to get. My will takes over and then pride comes sweeping in. Choosing my will over His has never worked and it never will.

    • David J says:

      Lord help me to always see your way and not my way. You are in control and I trust you with all my heart.

  21. John Krumm says:

    The moment I wake up, I crave Him. My words are His, before I get out of bed. His love is always before me so much so I don’t even get to say I love you first, only I love You too!

  22. Mark says:

    To enjoy my daily walk with God and that true freedom requires self discipline and positive daily habits.

  23. Walter says:

    Happen to me 23 + years ago when , a couple of weeks after my youngest son was born, I was fired from my job. Most humbling experience.

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