Humility… something we all know we are supposed to strive for, but mostly feel we fall far short of.
We read definitions like this one –
hu·mil·i·ty (h)yo͞oˈmilədē/ noun
a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.*
and we feel some sort of desire, or even need, to be more penitent. Perhaps if we did humility right we would feel more right with God?
What if our premise isn’t true though?
When I think of being humble I’m reminded of our man Moses and what scripture says about him.
2 They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Has he not also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than any man on the face of the earth.)
What made Moses different?
How does this verse fit, or not fit, with the common definition of humility?
In this story we find Moses in a place where he had made a decision that his siblings, who were also his c0-leaders, didn’t like. They questioned whether Moses was the only one who heard from God. As the story unfolds God calls them all to task and reveals that He spoke to Moses “face to face and not in riddles”.
If any man from all of time had cause to be proud, Moses would have been one of them!
And yet even in this instance we see him advocating for his sister rather than saying something sibling petty like, “See!? I told you God talks to me! You always think you know everything, well guess what Sister, I know a few things too!” or something selfish like that.
Instead he doesn’t say anything about it. Or at least it is not recorded.
What can we learn from Moses about humility?
- Early in life Moses tried to “make things happen” and become the deliverer he was destined to be. (Remember the whole killing-the-Egyptian incident.)
- God built good things in him in his wilderness season.
- When the timing was right, God called him to move forward and he wasn’t cocky but more realistic in his pursuit of God’s calling on his life. In fact he wasn’t even sure if he could do it.
- It’s worth noting though that he didn’t necessarily argue with God – he just had practical questions and truly held himself in a posture of needing God in order to pull off this God-sized task.
How about you?
- Are you at a stage where you are trying to make things happen on your own?
- Is God building things in you while you are in a wilderness season?
- Has your character developed and is the timing right for you to move forward into something that God has destined you for?
- How can you lean into what is next, say yes to God and move forward with practical steps toward what He is asking you to do?
All of your strengths come from God, and keeping that in mind changes everything!
Some of the strengths you have God gave you when He designed you and some He has tempered into you.
When we can live our lives in respect of who He made us to be, the possibilities for impact are endless!
Be confidant in who you are, be aware of your weaknesses, and move forward into your full potential!
* Definition of Humility found on google.