Humility or Passivity

Rod Shimabukuro


With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” [9]And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed. Numbers 12:8-9


People mistake leadership humility for passivity. Moses was written of, described by God Himself as faithful (v7) and the meekest man in all the earth (v3). That is some high recognition! Yet people, I would imagine even close to Moses’ leadership, spoke against him.


I want to be careful:

1. Watch my heart, not to grumble or have an internally, hidden grumbling spirit. Grumbling can sneak out in subtle ways. We could be caught graciously commenting with others after a decision is made ... “I think we should...” or “I wonder why Boss-man made that decision without input...”

2. I want to be a leader full of humility but have to recognize that there may be some who think I am passive. I’ve experienced this before. People don’t realize you are praying, considering, listening to them and others, before making decisions. Everyone is different in leadership processing and decision making to begin with. But I need to continue to be fine with people thinking I’m passive, when in heart I’m trying to humbly serve and lead well.


Thanks so much Lord...for this convicting and enlightening word! Please help me to listen to You, in all these circumstances I’m in - in my inner life, at home, in relationships, with church. Please speak to Me - but more me to hear well and obey You promptly! Thank you for revealing Your heart and presence to me in such real, manifest ways!

P.S. - I pray for those who misunderstand or don’t know my heart. You deal with them. Gettum Lord :) in Your way, with Your heart!

Devotions for February 23

Numbers 12,13
Psalms 90
Mark 2

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