The Most Humble Man on Earth

Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.

That verse is amazing to think about. Moses was probably the most powerful man on the face of the earth. He had just single-handedly defeated the most powerful nation on the earth. He leads a million people out of Egypt across the Red Sea on dry ground, as it miraculously opens up for them. He talks to God face to face like one man talks to another. He performs miracle after miracle. And then God declares of him that he is the most humble man on the entire planet.

How is that possible? As I regularly think about who I am, what my strengths and weaknesses are, I examine my heart and reflect on the level of pride and humility that I have. I desire to have God say of me what He said about Moses. The two main areas that I pay attention to is what I think, especially in relation to others, and what I say to others. As I catch myself thinking thoughts about myself in comparison to others that have any hint of pride I quickly confess it to God as sin and ask Him for help in growing in humility. I do the same with words I would say in conversation with others that were a subtle attempt to project an image, or attract any glory to myself. I am surprised at how crafty I can be in doing that impulsively with no planning. I journal about my struggle to grow into a transparent, none pretentious, humble servant of God, and as I write I groan in my spirit over how slow my growth seems in this area. About the time I think I am making some progress I will catch myself thinking, “boy, I am glad that I am not like. . .

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