Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day of Praise

Thur, 10/19/17, "Day of Praise"

"Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all people who were on the face of the earth." - Numbers 12:3

So I hear these shrill voices, and I'm wondering what's happening in our backyard. So I get to our back window and open the blind and there, to my amazement, are the four smallest, out-of-the-nest birds that I've ever seen. 

And they're fighting.

Right there on the corner of the deck, these four tiny birds are fighting. Either that or they're playing football and celebrating a score by chest-bumping each other repeatedly while shrilling the team fight song feverishly. 

Bottom line is that, in my crazy preacher's mind, those four, tiny, chest-bumping, shrill-screaming birds made me think of Moses and today's Bible verse. In other words, there didn't seem to be an ounce of humility in a single one of those birds which annoyed me so much after about five minutes of their carrying on that I wondered if there was enough meat between 'em so I could turn 'em into a nice chicken-wing dinner. 

But then I would've failed the Moses test too. 

Ya see, Moses was commended by God for not only being "humble", which is setting aside your own desires (unlike the birds), but if you look into it, today's verse is also translated that Moses was the most "meek" man that ever lived. 

Meek and humble are not the same. 

Humble is thinking less of yourself and setting aside your will. Meek is living out of God's strength instead of your own.

Even when things are annoying. 

Especially when things are annoying.

So today, when you have some little shrill birds, er, I mean troubles that start to get on your nerves and annoy the daylights out of you, then just remember Moses and how God celebrates when we set our own egos aside and ask God to be our strength. 

God will!

Praise God!

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