This is a very fascinating verse to me. What a favorable character assessment… from GOD, no less! To actually be called THE most humble person in ALL THE EARTH… wow… you’ve gotta be some kinda humble, baby! 🙂
But the really fascinating thing about this assessment of Moses by God is that… half a lifetime ago, a little over forty years prior to this scene… Moses was FAR from being humble — at least, not the most humble man “on earth.” As we find in this text, Moses prided himself on being the deliverer of Israel (and he would be, but God wasn’t ready for him to fulfill that role just yet). He ended up defending one of his fellow Israelites from an Egyptian… killed the Egyptian… then had to run for his life, off into a land called Midian. It was here in Midian that God would humble Moses… on the “backside of a desert”…. and transform him from a man who trusted in his own strength to one who trusted in the power of God.
God will go to whatever lengths necessary to transform us… to mold us into people whom He can use — people who are totally and completely reliant on Him. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a season where it seems we’re lacking the favor of God… or we’re not being used as much as we thought we would be or would like to be — maybe this is a season of humbling. God cannot use us until we empty ourselves of ourselves… and allow Him to fill up that space with Himself. Our attitudes, our response to trials, our perspective of who God really is… all these things are a barometer of whether we’re trusting in God or in ourselves.
* “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
* “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2).
* “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
Maybe you’re in a season of humbling, where God is shaping you into a vessel more fit for His use. Moses went through that. So did David. So did D Plum. And so are you. Let God have His way… submit to his plan, and to this wilderness journey you may be experiencing.
And maybe, one day, God will single you out with a character assessment that says, “Now, _______ was very humble…” 😉