Moses the Humble

DAILY DEVOTIONAL: DAY 214

“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).

In Moses’ time there were a lot of people in the world. That the Bible describes Moses as more humble than anyone on earth is, therefore, a high praise and a testament to the man’s character. Of all the things which could have been said in praise of Moses, it is interesting that the Bible chose to highlight his humility. The Bible inserted this comment after Aaron and Miriam had criticized Moses over his Ethiopian (Cushite) wife. In the face of this criticism, Moses maintained his composure. Being meek, he would rather be wronged than wrong others.

If anyone had reason to boast in life, Moses was the one. In the period around the Israelites’ departure from Egypt, you could say that Moses was probably the most influential person in the world. He had been raised by Pharaoh’s daughter in the palace. Naturally, therefore, he would have made friends in the highest levels of Egyptian royalty; he would have been well versed in Egyptian language, law, science, culture, diplomacy and politics. He had everything he needed for success.

But, as the Word of God testifies, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt . . .” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Under the direction of JEHOVAH, Moses performed breathtaking miracles in the presence of Pharaoh. He was the man who led tens of thousands of Israelites through the Red Sea. When Aaron and Miriam disrespected Moses, God rebuked them and reminded them of Moses’ exalted status in His sight (cf. Numbers 12:4-8). God spoke face to face with Moses, and even granted him the honor of seeing His form. With such an impressive resumé, Moses could have succumbed to pride. But in all of this, the Bible says he was more humble than anyone on the surface of the earth. A shining example of godliness!

Let us resist pride. Let us clothe ourselves with humility. Let us learn from Moses the Humble.

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today! Amen.

For further study: Numbers 12:1-14

Walking Humbly in Your Position

DAILY DEVOTIONAL: DAY 210

“And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apotleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:24-25, KJV).

We all are important before God, but none of us is indispensable. It takes humility to realize this. When you rise to a position in life, you can easily forget how you got there. You can forget Who put you there. This forgetfulness can lead to complacency, pride and even unfaithfulness. We need to remember the words of Scripture, that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass” (cf. 1 Peter 1:24). When you remember that you are where you are because of God’s mercies, it will keep you humble. And your humility will keep you grounded.

In Daniel 2:21, we are told that God sets up kings and removes kings. Remember, therefore, that no matter how secure or indispensable you think you are, God can replace you. God can lift you up, and He can bring you down. Whatever assignment, responsibility, job, ministry or task you are given in life, hold firmly to it. Discharge your duties as faithfully as possible, and walk humbly with your God. Do not forget that God can replace you and have another take your place. You are not indispensable. The truth is, you are nothing. If you are something, it is because God has made you something.

Everything we’ve said so far has to do with today’s opening Scripture from Acts 1:24-25. So, let’s get into it.

As you recall, Judas was one of the original 12 Apostles chosen by Jesus. These men were the closest to Jesus. The Lord took them from nowhere and made them “special.” He gave them power to perform signs and wonders. Judas was in the middle of the action. He had front row access to Jesus’ love, His power, and His glory. But Judas took Jesus for granted, forgetting who put him in that position. He became unfaithful, even to the point of betraying Jesus to His enemies. This was the height of ingratitude and pride. What was God’s response? He removed and replaced Judas.

When the remaining 11 Apostles gathered in the Upper Room, Peter asked God to choose Matthias or Joseph Barsabas to “take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell.” When Judas transgressed, God removed him and He let Matthias take his place.

What happened to Judas can happen to anyone. Several examples exist in the Scriptures about people God replaced (or threatened to replace) due to their unfaithfulness. Even in Revelation 2:5, Jesus warned the church of Ephesus that if they didn’t repent, He would come quickly and remove their candlestick (their position and identity as Jesus’s church) out of its place.

God loves us and He wants to do great things with us. But let’s keep in mind that we are not indispensable. Let’s do all things with gratitude, humility and faithfulness to God. Amen.

For further study:  1 Samuel 15:1-35

Walking Humbly in Your Position

DAILY DEVOTION: SAY 210

“And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apotleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:24-25, KJV).

We all are important before God, but none of us is indispensable. It takes humility to realize this. When you rise to a position in life, you can easily forget how you got there. You can forget Who put you there. This forgetfulness can lead to complacency, pride and even unfaithfulness. We need to remember the words of Scripture, that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass” (cf. 1 Peter 1:24). When you remember that you are where you are because of God’s mercies, it will keep you humble. And your humility will keep you grounded.

In Daniel 2:21, we are told that God sets up kings and removes kings. Remember, therefore, that no matter how secure or indispensable you think you are, God can replace you. God can raise you up, and He can bring you down. Whatever assignment, responsibility, job, ministry or task you are given in life, hold firmly to it. Discharge your duties as faithfully as possible, and walk humbly with your God. Do not forget that God can replace you and have another take your place. You are not indispensable. The truth is, you are nothing. If you are something, it is because God has made you something.

Everything we’ve said so far has to do with today’s opening Scripture from Acts 1:24-25. So, let’s get into it.

As you recall, Judas was one of the original 12 Apostles chosen by Jesus. These men were the closest to Jesus. The Lord took them from nowhere and made them “special.” He gave them power to perform signs and wonders. Judas was in the middle of the action. He had front row access to Jesus’ love, His power, and His glory. But Judas took Jesus for granted, forgetting who put him in that position. He became unfaithful, even to the point of betraying Jesus to His enemies. This was the height of ingratitude and pride. What was God’s response? He removed and replaced Judas.

When the remaining 11 Apostles gathered in the Upper Room, Peter asked God to choose Matthias or Joseph Barsabas to “take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell.” When Judas transgressed, God removed him and He let Matthias take his place.

What happened to Judas can happen to anyone. Several examples exist in the Scriptures about people God replaced (or threatened to replace) due to their unfaithfulness. Even in Revelation 2:5, Jesus warned the church of Ephesus that if they didn’t repent, He would come quickly and remove their candlestick (their position and identity as Jesus’s church) out of its place.

God loves us and He wants to do great things with us. But let’s keep in mind that we are not indispensable. Let’s do all things with gratitude, humility and faithfulness to God. Amen.

For further study:  1 Samuel 15:1-35

Confess Your Blessings

Daily Devotional: Day 37

“For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49, KJV).

You often hear the expression, “Count your blessings.” But the fact is, many people don’t realize they’re blessed or just don’t think it important to take time and acknowledge God’s blessings in their lives. If people don’t know they’re blessed, it’s difficult for them to count their blessings and glorify God. At times, we get preoccupied with wanting more, and we even forget to be thankful for what we already have. God wants you to know your blessings, so you can count them and give him the glory. Your acknowledgement of God’s blessings in your life is an essential part of your Christian witness. It’s also a key aspect of fellowship with your Father. When you give a public acknowledgement of God’s blessings, you encourage and edify fellow believers, not to mention the positive influence your testimony can have on unbelievers. Remember: No blessing is insignificant. If you’re grateful for “small things,” you’ll be grateful also for greater things. Let’s look at Mary’s acknowledgement of her blessings in today’s Bible verse.

Mary had recently received news that she would give birth to the Messiah. Then, she learns from angel Gabriel that after years of waiting, Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, is pregnant. In haste, she goes to visit her. It was during this visit that Mary publicly confessed: “For he that is mighty hath done to me great things . . .” Sometimes, Christians hesitate to publicly confess their faith or what God has done for them. Mary wasn’t shy. She didn’t worry about what people would think of her. She knew that God had blessed her and she gave God glory. At times, we worry about people’s opinions, so we remain silent about what God has done. Declaring the goodness of God isn’t pride. God wants you to be confident, but not arrogant or boastful. Mary wasn’t arrogant, because she let everyone know that God alone was the source of her blessings. When you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate to confess God’s kindness toward you. Instead of stressing over things you don’t have, bless God for what you already have. If you’re reading this devotional, it means you’re still breathing. You can start by declaring with the Psalmist, “Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6, RSV). 

Pray:

Father, I bless you for all the great things you have done for me. I thank you for all the good things in my life. Receive all the glory, in the Name of Jesus. Amen. (Enjoy this song).

For further study: Luke 1:46-55