Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth
Moses is the great leader of God’s people. He is someone who provides the leadership for the 600,000 men of the nation of Israel.
More than that, Moses is the man to whom we are told, God speaks “face to face” (Numbers 12:8).
It seems remarkable then that this great leader, great statesman and great man of God, is called the most humble man on the planet!
Or maybe it isn’t.
Maybe the reason God uses Moses and speaks to Moses “face to face” is because he came to understand the importance of humility.
James 4:6 says that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. Humility attracts God’s grace, but pride is met with opposition from God.
Numbers 12 tells us that Miriam and Aaron begin to oppose Moses and his leadership. Out of jealousy they began to speak against him, behind his back, and sought to usurp his calling. The result of this was Miriam was covered in leprosy (Numbers 12:10).
In her pride, Miriam had attempted to plow her own course ahead, for herself and for the people of Israel. In her pride, her way and her leadership was superior to God’s way and His appointed leader.
The result of this pride was Miriam meeting the opposition of God. Her sin, both to elevate herself and to slander and pull down Moses brought a disease upon herself. Leprosy was the unintended consequence of her ill-conceived, pride-rooted short cut.
God, however, keeps revealing Himself to the humble. Moses wasn’t humble because he was a great man used powerfully by God. He was a great man used powerfully by God because he was humble before his God.
Be like Moses, not like Miriam.
PRAYER: Father, I chose to humble myself for you today Lord. I repent of all pride and renounce it in Jesus name. I ask for the empowering of your Spirit today Lord, Amen.