“(Now the man Moses was very meek (humble), above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)”Numbers 12:3
I recently attended a game that involved my favorite college team. We had much success a couple of nights ago, and I figured the success would simply carry over. I had big aspirations for the night, and my hope rewarded as we bolted out to an early lead. I was optimistic we could build on this and experience the euphoria of the previous game, but as the game wore on, our players seemed to wear out. The game was with our rival school, so my emotions swung from an all-time high to a bottoming out midway through the second half. As the lead grew for the opposing team, I started to notice some things that made me quite upset. I’m not sure if they would make me upset if my own team were doing them, but it definitely rubbed me the wrong way when I noticed our rival team do it.
The opposing team went on a spurt of several made shots and some exciting dunks which quieted the home crowd and brought cheers from the opposing team’s fans. I noticed that after a particularly vicious dunk, the opposing player put his hand several inches off the ground and kept it there for a couple of seconds. He was showing up our team and his gesture was to say that the player guarding him was “too small” for him. He did it again and, needless to say, I was not pleased with this action and I immediately labeled him as a cocky player. I have seen this gesture throughout the game of basketball, even on the professional level. It seems that making your shots, playing good defense, and winning is not as great as showing up the opposing player guarding you. It’s easy to point out these people and label them as arrogant, and it makes you wish you were seven foot tall so that you could go out there and dunk on them.
I have never been accused of being a meek man, but I have been accused of being arrogant a time or two. I remember my dad critiquing my walk as a young boy, and he would correct me when my walk contained a prideful strut. It does not take much for us to get puffed up, but it does take the work of God in our lives to realize we have nothing to be proud of. Everything we are and everything we will ever have is because of the grace and mercy of almighty God. A person who is prideful is not walking in the Spirit, and a prideful attitude is reflective of living and walking in the flesh. It does not take long to show our prideful disposition as we are often quick to defend ourselves, and we feel the need to brag about anything good we think we did.
I am amazed at this description of Moses as I am sure he did not grow up this way. He was raised in the house of the Pharaoh, and I’m sure he did not attend classes that taught meekness and humility. I imagine wandering in the wilderness will wear on a man, and if you don’t allow God to change you while in the wilderness, then you may need to stay there forever. Moses did not strive to show up his fellow man in a friendly game of throwing stones, but the Bible says he was the meekest, most humble man in all the earth. He did not tell others how humble he was, but God recognized Him for this godly trait.
What are you known as? Do you have a short fuse? Do you always seek to defend yourself? Do you spend more time talking about yourself than listening to others? Would God recognize you as someone who is meek and humble? May we see ourselves as God sees us, and may we desire to be known as meek rather than the smartest person in the room. God is the giver of all things, and may we please and honor Him with the talent and gifts He has given us.