In these unprecedented times we are living right now, people all over the planet are going through hardship. The range of trouble goes from the lack of toilet paper to the extreme of the painful loss of lives.
Every household is experiencing this pandemic in a different way; many are struggling with having to teach their kids at home, many are struggling financially; not being able to go to work, and many others are struggling with their own selves, whom they seem unable to control anymore.
In the Old Testament, God let His people go hungry and thirsty, not because He didn’t care about them or had forgotten them, but because He wanted to teach them something extremely important . The same lesson is being taught to us today. Not through literal food and water but through things we think cannot live without.
“Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3
God is letting us go hungry of A LOT of different things! He is letting us go hungry of control, freedom, stability, people, money, entertainment, security… you name it! And He is doing so to show us how much we are actually and sadly attached to those things and to help us refocus our attention, our dependence and our trust towards Him.
He is using what was unimaginable to bring us back to Him, just like He’s always done. He is humbling us by letting us go hungry of all those things (and even people), to teach us that our lives do not depend on anything but God. Will we just pause, listen and learn?
It is such a hard lesson to swallow, learn and accept because starving isn’t a great feeling… but take heart, he won’t let us die of hunger.
And when the enemy tempts you with things you are lacking, just like he did to Jesus in Matthew 4, remember the words of Jesus, which are actually a quote of Deuteronomy 8:3… “people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”