Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 13, 2015
Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3
Humility is illusive. There are moments (more so in prayer) my soul seems submissive to the Spirit. But as I interact with people—I forget to pray in the moment. I quickly dismiss the Spirit’s restraint and react with pride. Yes, real humility means I have a lower estimation of my own importance. God and others are of uppermost importance. It’s not about me, it’s about them. When I focus on myself I invite pride to reside in my soul. When I focus on others I invite humility to be at home in my soul. Whose address will I ask the Spirit to stamp on the invitation of my soul?
Moses was a reluctant leader. He really believed his brother Aaron was better qualified. Yet, God chose Moses to lead because of his humility. A humble heart is the first qualification of a godly leader. Upon this foundation of teachability the Lord develops a life of character. Moses was not the leader he wanted to be, but his humility positioned him to grow into the leader he would become. Moses was distrustful of himself and desperate for divine guidance. Humility trusts the Lord to accomplish what needs to get done. A humble person truly hungers for God.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me [Jesus], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
How do you approach the tension between pride and humility in your heart? It is a tension that will never go away until you get to heaven. If you try to manage pride—it will manage you. One simple strategy is unconditional capitulation to Christ. 100% total surrender to your Savior promotes humility over pride. You can’t, but He can. You can’t handle pride, but He can. You can’t deal with criticism, but He can. You can’t control people, but He can. The fruit of humility is grace. The fruit of pride is defensiveness. The harvest of humility is a lifetime of character.
Furthermore, what is the evidence of humility in our lives? Instead of taking credit for good things, we deflect credit to God and others. When something bad happens, we take responsibility. Humility makes the care of others a priority. When situations are stressful—the humble person is extra patient. Moreover, humility recognizes any accomplishments in life are the result of God’s favor and the help of people. We share successes small and large with those who sacrificed for the cause. Humility is radically generous. Gratitude gushes out of a person with a humble heart.
“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Psalm 116:7).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow a heart of humility within me, so the fruit of character flourishes.
Related Readings: Matthew 16:24; John 13:15; Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6
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Additional Resource: 4 minute music video- Danielle Rose: Litany of Humility
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