So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of the
Hebrews: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they
may serve Me. Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts
into your territory.
Years ago a young artist submitted one of his works to be hung in a prestigious art exhibit, but
the selection committee rejected it. One of its members, the renowned landscape painter Joseph
Turner, insisted that they include the young man’s work.
The others denied his plea, saying that there was simply no room for it. Turner said no more but
quietly removed one of his own pictures, replacing it with the budding artist’s. It was an act of
humility that the young man never forgot.
Pharaoh didn’t have the character of Joseph Turner. He was the most powerful man in Egypt. In
fact, he was worshiped as a man god. According to Egyptian mythology, he was the descendent
of Ra, the sun god.
His will was not to be contested or his decisions questioned. Understandably, this would not
breed humility. The lack of a humble spirit, however, brought great anguish not only to Pharaoh,
but to those around him as well.
God places a high premium on a humble spirit. Psalm 147:6 says, “The Lord lifts up the
humble.” But the psalmist also says, “The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I
will not endure” (101:5).
Humble yourself before God. Let Him have His way in every area of your life. He will exalt you
far higher than you could ever climb on your own.
WHEN IT COMES TO HUMILITY, NEITHER RACE, FACE NOR PLACE IS