He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3


“Schooled” is contemporary slang for being “taught a lesson” … for experiencing a humbling moment of realization that you were not as brilliant as you once thought. God “schools” His children … at home and everywhere else … and this “schooling” often begins with a humbling event.

God’s humbling typically occurs when He deprives us of something we have deemed necessary for life (for example: bread for Israel, a career or job for us, perhaps even a relationship). His point is to make the truth absolutely clear that we cannot (by our own power) meet our own vital need. Once we come to this realization, God then provides HIS substitute, something so unidentifiable that we may not immediately recognize it as God’s answer (The Israelites saw the bread from heaven and called it “manna,” which means, “What is it?”). He does this in order to teach us utter dependence upon His provision. As if to say, “See? Life without Me is not just difficult, it is impossible.”

As long as we need to “learn,” God will continue to “school.”

Life is a long lesson in humility. – James M. Barrie

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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