“Now the man Moses was very humble [meek], more than all men who were on the face of the earth.”—Numbers 12:3
The Bible calls Moses the meekest or humblest of all men. Moses, a powerful prince, a shepherd and finally the leader of his people— meek? Humble?
Do you know what made Moses meek? He was teachable. In spite of his insecurities and shortcomings, Moses allowed himself to grow and to learn. He was chosen to be the leader of his people, yet he never let that stop him from learning and taking advice from godly counsel. (Remember, Jesus said, the meek will inherit the earth.)
Leonard Ravenhill, the author and prayer warrior, tells the story of a group of tourists in a picturesque historic village in Europe. They saw an old man sitting by a fence, and in a rather condescending way asked him if any great men had been born in this village.
“Nope,” he replied. “Only babies.”
We all start out the same way. The greatest men and women were once babies. The greatest saints were once toddlers in the things of the Spirit, Ravenhill reminds us.
Why do some go on to lead successful productive, satisfying lives, doing great things, while others don’t?
The key is that you can never stop growing and learning. We are a generation mesmerized and pacified by social media, the internet, television, and artificial life forms. Too many are zoning out on life, tuning out God, resisting His desire to tame our destructive wills and nurture our spirits.
2 Peter 1:3 says that “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us.”
The more we grow in the knowledge of God, the more we gain what is important for life. Our happiness in this life comes as a direct result of growing in our relationship with Christ.
When our will is subject to His will, when we experience the power of obedience (please see yesterday’s devotion!) we will live the abundant life Jesus promised.
You can read Pastor Ray’s devotional on what it truly means to be meek HERE.