“Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on
the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3
When it comes to traits like humility, many people will quickly
say, “That’s just not me.” That wasn’t Moses either, at least not
initially. Being raised in Pharoah’s household, “learned in all the
wisdom of the Egyptians” and “mighty in words and in deeds”
(Acts 7:21-22), Moses believed he was the leader to deal with
the injustices of his people.
Filled with pride, he intervened in an injustice, committed
murder, and was rejected by the people whom he believed he
was called to protect. He was forced to flee into the wilderness
to become a simple shepherd.
Forty years later, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush
and called him to be that very deliverer he thought he was in
his younger days. Moses responds with excuse after excuse
as to why he couldn’t fulfill the call of God, providing another
example of pride. In both cases, Moses said, “Look at me!” In
the first case, “Look at me, I can do everything.” In the second
case, “Look at me, I can do nothing!”
Humility is an honest estimation of who we are in Christ and
how He has gifted us. And, as Moses demonstrates, it is learned
in the highs and lows of life’s experience.
Father, we thank you for the example of Moses. You were
faithful to bring him through many life experiences to shape him
into a vessel of honor to be used for Your glory, and he became
a mighty leader for the nation of Israel. We ask that You will
raise up a humble leader for our nation who, like Moses, has an
honest estimation of himself and knows godly wisdom and true
justice. In Your name, Amen.