Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Field Of Dreams (Part 9)
Success Delayers: Pride
They rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, 'You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?'
So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face.
Numbers 16:2-4 (NKJV)
Moses fell on his face before God--a lot. This position of submission was his reaction in times of trouble. Because Moses endured complaints, power plays and mutiny. His people threatened to stone him. His brother and sister rebuked him. His reaction? Submission and prayer.
Consider God's description of His front man: the man who parted the Red Sea with his staff, the man who led two million children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, the man who wrote the first five Books of the Bible:
'Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3). Years later, only one Man would exceed him. 'My strength is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus demonstrated this ironic truth upon a Cross--that we might learn a life-changing lesson:
'He who humbles himself will be exalted' (Matthew 23:12). 'He who humbles himself will be exalted' (Luke 14:11). 'He who humbles himself will be exalted' (Luke 18:14). 'When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come!' Then He will save the humble person' (Job 22:29). 'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time' (1 Peter 5:6).*
In humility, God works. By letting go, we let God. In surrender, we win. How? When we empty ourselves of pride, plans and ambition, God fills us with power, purpose and glory.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: humble yourself. Let God exalt you. If the wrong men in the wrong path at the wrong time with the wrong role try to honor you, flee. Jesus did.**
If the right men want to honor you, give God the glory. Jesus did.***
To Be Continued...
* See also:
Psalm 113, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20113&version=NASB
Proverbs 29:23, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2029:23&version=NASB
James 4:10, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%204:10&version=NASB
** 'Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone' (John 6:15).
*** 'How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?' (John 5:44).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.