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HUMBLENESS IN THE DESERT

Date: November 30

Category: Follow God

Deuteronomy 8:3
"And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis passage is in reference to the Israelite's forty-year experience in the desert. In verse 2 we read, "And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." So we can see here that God led the Israelites into the wilderness for the purpose of humbling them, and the purpose of humbling them was to prove them. In other words, God wanted to test them to see if they (being the situation they were in) would still keep His commandments.

Then in verse 3a we read, "And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know." When the Israelites were in the desert, they had to depend on God for everything, including food. The word, "manna" in Hebrew means, "what is it?" The Israelites didn't even know what that substance was so they called it manna. But God provided manna for them every day. Not only that, but God kept their clothes and shoes from wearing out and He kept them all healthy during that time (verse 4). So throughout those forty years, God proved Himself to the Israelites that He would take care of them, but He also wanted to prove the Israelites to see if they would still obey Him.

You may be going through a desert experience in your life right now. But consider this: God may be humbling you in order to see if you are still going to follow Him even in the midst of your situation. In verse 6 we read, "So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him." So one reason why God humbles us is so we would keep His commandments. The commandment of God is the Word of God. The Word of God is the will of God, and the will of God is the way of God. So when you keep God's commandments, then you are walking in His ways.

Not only that, but God humbles us so that we will reverently fear Him. But what does it mean to fear the Lord? Well in Proverbs 8:13 we read, "The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate." So the fear of God means to hate any sign or essence of evil. In other words, when we fear God, then we will hate everything that God hates, which is all wickedness. That's what it means to reverently fear God.

Then we read in Deuteronomy 8:3b, "that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord." (This passage is referenced by Jesus in the New Testament in Matthew 4:4.) So we can see here that God humbles us in order to prove Himself to us as our only source, and He humbles us in order to see if we will still obey His commandments in the midst of our "desert" situation. But along with that, God humbles us because He wants us to recognize and personally know that we cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that He speaks.

It's not to say that we don't need food, a home, a car, or other material things. But we need more than those things in order to live. We need the Word of God. We need more of God's Word in our lives than anything else. In John 6:63b Jesus said, "The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life." Since we are spirit beings, we need the words of Jesus, which are spirit and life to us. In the same way physical bread is nourishment to our physical bodies, the Word of God is spiritual bread, which is nourishing to our spirits. So God humbles us because He wants us to fully understand that we are to live off His words.

So when you are in the midst of a "desert" situation in your life, know that God is going to prove Himself to you as your Source, your Provider, and your Healer. But also know that God is trying to test your heart to see if you will still keep His commandments and reverently fear Him. Through that, He wants you to learn that what you need more than anything else is the Word of God. That's why God wants you to recognize His Word as your source for life because one Word from God can change your life forever.

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