What do you think of when you hear the words “meekness” or “humility”?
If ‘weak’ and ‘doormat’ come to mind, then you are probably in good company!
In a day when we want “my rights” and “my voice” to be heard, we cringe at the thought of pursuing meekness or humility.
I have been learning in my women’s Bible study groups that meekness is actually ‘strength under control’. It is what Christ put on when He went to the cross. Although he could have called on a host of angels to save him from the suffering, He submitted to His father’s will for a greater purpose.
There is a reason that Jesus said in the sermon on the mount: “the meek shall inherit the earth.”
Meekness is highly valued by Christ.
God exalted Moses as a leader above all leaders because of his humility. Numbers 12:3 tells us: “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.”
We go on to learn in Numbers 12, that this was why Miriam and Aaron got in trouble with God.
God had appointed Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and his siblings, Miriam and Aaron were to be his assistants.
This was all fine until they got puffed up and decided that they could find some faults with Moses and that he wasn’t the only one who God could speak through.
Hhhmmm…maybe some sibling rivalry going on here?
Anyway, the part that really moves me in this passage is when God deals with Miriam and Aaron for their arrogance and speaks these words to them:
“And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” Numbers 12:6-8
Wow! With prophets, God speaks in visions and dreams, with Moses He speaks mouth to mouth and clearly! No riddles for him!
God has an intimate relationship with Moses that is personal. Not because Moses is a charismatic leader with all the impressive credentials and successes that this world holds so dear, but because he is faithful to his God and humbly listens and carries out His will.
It just makes me want to be like Moses! Humility puts us in the closest relationship with God that we could possibly have.
When we put our agenda aside, we can hear the voice of our God and Savior. If we just quit talking and controlling and screaming to be heard, when we are faithful to Him above all others, we can hear Him clearly.
Though Moses wasn’t perfect, as we see in the tapping rock incident, he was a humble leader who when attacked and accused, did not try to vindicate himself but got out of the way and let God do it for Him.
We see throughout scripture that God brings low the proud but exalts the humble. It is the exact opposite of our worlds system, yet is the very place we should be if we want to know Christ and be used by Him in the greatest ways of all.
The funny thing is that once we begin to think we are achieving humility, then it is the very thing we have lost!
No doubt, Moses didn’t sit around thinking about his humility. He was too busy following Gods will for him and being faithful to what God had called him to and that which was near and dear to God’s heart.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12,13