This post is part of the book launch of Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary.
Living on God’s Word
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Wits’ end is a place of humility, when all our resources have run out. When we’ve come to the end of ourselves. At that point, only God’s word and His supernatural intervention can suffice. Needless to say, it can also be a place of shaking our fist at God, blaming Him for allowing the difficult circumstances.
Thank God! He’s much bigger than our heart. Was it not for His faithfulness, little do we know how frail the difference is between humility and rebellion. There’s only so much we can take, right? Severe afflictions can easily lead to irrational decisions.
While His ways are inscrutable—past finding out—He does teach His people that there’s a divine purpose at wits’ end. A purposeless God is a contradiction in terms. What’s His purpose? Why does He allow circumstances beyond our ability? Why does He let us come to the end of ourselves?
There’s one lesson: “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” He emphasized our most basic need—bread—in order to highlight that His word is much more vital. Only God is all-sufficient!
He had given His people this promise: “And I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites . . . a land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 3:17). Was His promise dependent on their resources or favorable circumstances? Would He be able to fulfill His promise without them having the proper means?
Obviously, God uses means to accomplish His will: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD” (Pr. 21:31). However, He was also the One who supernaturally provided manna for His people to continue to the Promised Land, day by day.
We’re to learn to live by His word—His promises—especially when our own resources have depleted. Many times, we don’t do so because we’re too rich in ourselves—too self-sufficient. Since Jesus is the embodiment of God’s word, God teaches us to solely live on Him. When our resources have run out, we discover His supernatural provision, which we didn’t know before.
Jesus, help to solely live on You, especially when I’m weak and frail.
The Devotional Writer