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)
Jesus' call is to forsake all and follow Him, and we willingly do this, declaring there is nothing too precious for us to give up for Him should He require it of us. But then, just as our lives are settled, the Lord takes away our precious things and we are left empty. Had we given up these things voluntarily it would be different, but this is out of our control. We see ourselves small, crying out to God in our pain, truly humbled, there is nothing we can do. We are left with a void; emptiness, described in the verse as hunger. The Lord does not replace what He took away; no, He teaches us to do without, and His promise is that He will feed us with manna from heaven, something we had never thought of before or are able to imagine.
Though we hunger, we don't want the manna; it is not real to us, and can it really satisfy us? We want the solid flesh pots of Egypt, the things we have known before. But then we see and know, we submit to our Lord; we trust in His causing us to hunger, and eagerly await His manna. We get a taste of the heavenly blessings, not a replacement of what we lost, but a completely new thing.
Lucien Accad from Lebanon. He was the Director of the Bible Society in Beirut. His house was severely damaged many times during the war in Lebanon.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.