And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you… 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 that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8: 2-4)

Just as He did back then, with His people for forty years in the wilderness, so does God “humble” those who belong to Him today. How does He do this? He periodically “lets you hunger,” and feeds you in ways “which you did not know” before. Thus God opens me up to the gift called “humility,” this road to true freedom, by walking me through the way of the cross. Humility enables me to walk as He did, through the pain and problems, rather than running from them in fear, resentment, or self-pity.

Today let me “remember all the way which the Lord God has led” me up until now, so that also today I might walk not alone, and not according to my own ways and means alone. Let me open up to His humility, which transforms painful experiences into valuable nudges toward growth, according to the transformative word “that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” This Friday let me walk as He did many Fridays ago, as a lamb who was led.

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