"Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth." Numbers 12:3
Was Moses always a humble man? At what point did Moses become so humble, he "was more so than any man on the face of the earth"? Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness, then lead God's people out of Egypt, then put up with those same people as they grumbled and became rebellious to God while wandering in the desert in search of the promised land.
Why? Why did Moses have to spend so much time in the wilderness? God must have a process for how He works with us, so that we become humble, so then He can use us.
We are going through a book called "How God Makes Men" in our Tuesday morning Men's group. The author, Patrick Morely, explains it this way, "But Moses didn't become the man God had in mind overnight, and neither will we. I've found the process of transformation and learning humility goes like this:
Step 1: I tell God what I'm going to do.
Step 2: God responds
Step 3: I beg God to let me do it anyway.
Step 4: He humbles me until I listen.
Step 5: God tells me what He is going to do.
Morely, goes on to say, "Think about where you are right now in this sequence. Are you somewhere in the first three stages.....proudly doing all the talking and trying to call the shots? Or has a wilderness experience humbled you, and now you find yourself ready to listen? Humbling us so we can hear Him is one of the main ways God transforms men's lives."
Answer those questions from Morely yourself. Where are you in the steps mentioned above? God has a plan for you. Will you join Him in His plan?
"Remember that the Lord your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands." Deuteronomy 8:2
"so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands."
"He fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end He might cause you to prosper. Deuteronomy 8:16
"so that in the end He might cause you to prosper."
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you." James 4:10
Morely goes on to say, "It's interesting. When Moses considered himself adequate to deliver his people, God considered him inadequate. But decades later and a world away, when Moses considered himself inadequate, God considered him exactly right for the job." "He was transformed into a different kind of man....a humble man ready to live in utter dependence on God."