We normally like to be self-reliant. Our culture here in the USA certainly teaches it. We see it as a virtue, a strength, the only real alternative to laziness or a lack of ambition. There is a point, however, at which the idea of self-reliance becomes self-deception.
Life is fragile. We can’t hold onto it forever without a great deal of help. Therefore, it’s an unpleasant blessing to be taught to depend on God. We may not like it much, but it’s a lesson we need to learn. The Israelites learned it by means of the manna in the desert. This humbling experience was designed to test them, and teach them to get their eyes off of their provision (that constant focus of independent, self-reliant men), fix their eyes firmly on the Provider and keep their ears open to His every word.
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 8:2-3 (NKJV)