So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13
Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.
Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.
Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.
When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.
When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.
Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.
Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.
At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?
Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?
I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God.
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3
Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.
People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.
God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.
There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.
Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.
Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.
Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?
Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.
I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.’ Luke 18:11
Jesus told a parable of two men going into the temple to pray. One of them, a Pharisee, prayed with great pride. The other, a tax collector, prayed with extreme humility. Jesus commended the tax collector.
Pharisees were considered the holy men and leaders of the temple during the biblical times. They were supposed to be the people closest to God. While tax collectors were considered the scum of the earth. Very few people were considered as less than the hated tax collector.
Although when a person prays to God, there is no hard command on how to pray, there are some things that show up in how a person prays. One of the things that can show up is humility.
One common way some people pray is as though they are God’s gift to this world and to God. They feel as though God owes them everything, because they are such a ‘good’ person. There is very little humility in their lives.
Although the Pharisee may have been correct in that he was not same as some of those others in his outward actions, he was still the same and worse in other ways. Every person has sinned, and in his own being does not deserve a right to stand before God.
The right to stand before God has nothing to do with what a person has or has not done. It has to do with the heart. When a person has repented of his sins and is following Jesus, he, then, has the right to stand before God. At that point he has been made a child of God.
This is unlike the Pharisee, who thought he had the right to stand before God, without Christ.
You, nor anyone else, has a right to stand before God without the forgiveness and righteousness of Jesus Christ.
When you take time to pray, you must ask yourself how you pray. Do you demand God listen to you? Do you feel you are a better believer than others?
Or do you allow God to be ruler over your life and humble yourself before Him?
During times of prayer, humble yourself before God. Allow God to be the king of your life.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Christ Jesus; that you will know true humility before God; that you will allow God to rule your life; and that God will help you remove all pride in your life.