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Humility over Pride

Ask God to show you where your pride is getting in the way. your ego gets bruised, ask Him to work on your ego, not the bruise or the bruiser.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Numbers 11:29, ” Then Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit on them.’ “

Background

Near the beginning of Star Trek II , Admiral James Kirk is inspecting his former ship, the Enterprise . No longer commanding starships, the Admiral has been promoted from Captain, yet he still longs to be on the bridge of a ship. So he has the crew take the Enterprise out for a little spin, a training cruise to break in the new crew. While in space, they receive a message from a scientific research lab that something is not right, so they are ordered by Starfleet Command to go investigate. Transitioning from a training cruise to actual duty, Admiral Kirk and Captain Spock discuss the inexperience of the crew and the proper chain of command for the operation. Spock offers up the command of his ship to his friend and superior, Admiral Kirk. But Kirk resists, not wanting to step on the toes of his longtime friend and officer. But then Spock says to him, ” Jim, you proceed from a false assumption. I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise. ” The Vulcans were a race of logic, having trained and conditioned out of their psyches the emotion and ego that were a part of them, a part they considered irrational and harmful.

Application

But we are not Vulcans and never will be, regardless of how many hours we spend in front of a computer or playing video games. So we understand completely why Joshua tried to defend Moses’ position as the prophet of God’s people, even as the Lord had placed His Spirit on the leaders that Moses had chosen, enabling them to prophesy as well. We can relate to Joshua urging Moses to forbid the two who were prophesying in the camp, as if he were sticking up for his friend and mentor. We know what it’s like to have been in charge, or on top, or out in front, and have someone else come along and take our spot. We’ve been passed over, pushed aside, and seemingly forgotten, without as much as a thank you. We’ve been good, and been replaced by better. Moses longed for the day when he was only one of many. He wanted the pews empty and the altar full. So, can you lower yourself for someone else? Will you deny yourself? Will you lose your life for His sake?

Charge

As we seek Him today, ask God to show you where your pride is getting in the way. your ego gets bruised, ask Him to work on your ego, not the bruise or the bruiser.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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