"Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; He stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, He said, ‘Listen to my words: ‘When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’” Numbers 12:3-8
Maybe you’ve heard the advertisements that feature “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” Here are some of the silly and overly macho descriptions - "He lives vicariously through himself. His shirts never wrinkle. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there. He bowls overhand. Panhandlers give him money." And so on…
I don’t think anyone expected this character (played by a 74-year old actor) to become such an icon in our culture today. Though he is totally fictional, the idea of him has caught the imagination of many. Everyone dreams of being the best at something. How about being the best at everything?
But what if his title were, “The Most Humble Man on the Face of the Earth?” I doubt many would be making extreme statements about him. And yet, God did. That was a real title. Such a man existed, and God said some radical things about him.
Numbers 12:3 tells us that Moses held that title. Consider the incredible facts God gives to describe Moses – God spoke to him directly. God explained Himself to this man. He saw God’s form and lived to tell about it. God had his back.
Moses must have been “The Most Humble Man on the Face of the Earth” since God was able to lift him up so high and hold him so closely, yet Moses faithfully served thousands of disgruntled people. What about you? What part does humility play in your everyday life? Who would you rather be? The person elevated in pop culture today, or the one elevated by God in His eternal record?
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” I Peter 5:6
In what way do you need to humble yourself today? What do you need to stop trying to defend or control, and instead, let God do it? Which fact that God used to describe Moses would you like to be true of you?
You can speak to God directly. Go to Him now in prayer and discuss this with Him.
Posted on Fri, October 19, 2012
by David Gaunt