A Closer Look… God Caused Me to Hunger

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While reading one of my devotionals, I was led to the scripture of Deuteronomy 8:3 which reminded the Israelites of God sending them the manna from heaven.  It wasn’t the “manna” that struck me but the words prior to “and I gave you manna.” I checked three different translations and all three left me with an awestruck understanding that I had never received before. KJV: “And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna which thou knewest not…” NASB: “He humbled you and let you be hungry and fed you with manna which you did not know …”. NIV: “He humbled you, causing you to hunger then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known …” What dropped my jaw in each of these readings is that GOD PERMITTED THE HUNGER so that HE could meet the need. We all go through difficult times in our lives — whether it be physical, financial, relational, emotional. But during those times, what is my reaction? Am I blaming, complaining, arguing, asking why God has left me? Or am I using this time of “hunger” and going after the supply that God is giving me in that difficulty. His supply is “daily,” not just a lump resolve, but a daily supply of just what I need to satisfy my “hunger.” God knows what I need for every difficult situation, every loss, every pain — it is up to me to go and get it! “He humbled me and let me be hungry and fed me with manna which I did not know.” Thank You, Lord!