The Quality of Humility! 5-8-2011

posted May 25, 2011, 1:52 PM by Dale Barnes
“Now Moses was a very humble (meek) man, more humble than anyone else on the face of earth.” (Nu.12:3 NIV)  Here is a man in the highest leadership position among the Israelites at this time.  He was not concerned about keeping his position.  In fact, he had never sought it, and tried his best to get out of his call from God. (Ex.3-4)  He made every excuse possible so God would choose another person, but the Lord prevailed.

Even when other leaders began speaking against him, it did not seem to offend him; he did not react, but when asked to pray for healing of his sister, Miriam, who had “badmouthed” him; he was quick to cry out to the Lord, “O God, please heal her.”(Nu.12:13 NIV)  Humility does not speak of weakness or timidness, but of a lack of self-centeredness.  

God can do much with a humble person. He is open to correction and teaching.  He has an openness in his life and is pliable.Let’s take a look at Ps. 25:9. “ He (God) guides the humble in what is right and teaches him his way.”  Actually the humble are the only ones who is open to be taught, so God can guide their lives into his best.  God can show them his ways. God’s ways are perfect and produce the best results.  This was Moses; he said teach me your ways that I may know you and continue to find favor with you.(Ex.33:13)

“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” (Is.66:2b NIV)  When we honor God by choosing to hear and practice his ways,this sets the stage for his greater blessings.  Our abundance of “self-interest” can be a great snare to our lives.  We can miss the most important thing: God, and his life and purpose. Moses is a good example to follow; “Teach me your ways that I may know you and find your favor.”