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?
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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.
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