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“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 8:3
It isn’t fun to be humbled, to have our faults pointed out; to have our failures and shortcomings displayed for everyone to see; to have broadcasted to anyone watching that we are incapable of providing for ourselves.
Yet it is an essential part of the learning process.
In Deuteronomy, Moses reminded the people of Israel that “[God] humbled you … to teach you.”
In the same way, God humbles us to teach us.
As long as we think we can handle the situation, as long as we are convinced we know what we’re doing, as long as we depend on our own strength rather than relying on God’s, we will remain proud.
We must be humble to hear God. We must be humble to learn.
Only in humility can we understand God’s message to us that “man does not live on bread alone”. There is more to life than meets the eye. Beyond our daily physical needs are our profound spiritual needs. No matter how competent we are, we are powerless to provide for these deepest needs.
If we are humble we realize that we are dependent on God for everything, from each breath we inhale to the glorious salvation He offers.
Questions: What is something you have learned when you have been humbled? Why is humility essential for learning?
About this Author: Suzanne Benner