FOR TUESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Numbers 12:1-9
“Now the man Moses was humble, more so than anyone on earth.” (Numbers 12:3; Common English Bible)
Moses is humble? Hmmm. Wasn’t Moses the guy who murdered an Egyptian in a sudden burst of anger? (Exodus 2). Wasn’t he the guy that stood toe-to-toe with the Pharaoh negotiating the freedom of the Israelites? (Exodus 7-11). And while leading his people through the wilderness, didn’t he get so exasperated that he struck a rock in the wilderness instead of just speaking a word to the rock? (Numbers 20). Exactly what does the word humble mean?
According to Eugene Peterson, this word has lost its original force when translated into English. He explains: “When we think of someone who is humble, we think of a timid and mild person. But the ancients described a humble person as someone whith enormous vitality who has been trained for service. A stallion trained for service is humble. An athlete disciplined for excellence is humble. Humility is the process of channeling energy into the world of God for others. And Moses, over the course of his life with God, learned to channel his vitality into disciplined service” [Conversations, p. 211].
When I was a child, an adult I knew used to say I was “full of vim, vigor and vitality”. Hopefully I haven’t lost all of that and will be able and willing to find a way today to channel this vitality into discipline service to God.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be humble in the best sense of the word so that I may channel all my energy in faithful service to You. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2014 by Steven W. Manskar]