2 Corinthians 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
Humility is a total trust upon God as the source of one’s sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:4, 5). Nothing we have started with us. As Christians we are God’s workmanship, the total product of God. What do we have that we didn’t receive of Him? That is why there is no room for self glorying, boasting, and that we are superior to others (1 Corinthians 4:7). Lacking humility can keep us from advancing in God’s plan for our life. I believe God often wants to promote many people but their gifts, abilities, and talents will take them where their character cannot uphold them. Only proven godly character can take us the distance.
A classic example of this can be seen in the life of Moses. Moses, a man of destiny, is described as a man, “learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in words and deeds.” It came into his heart that he was to be a deliverer of the children of Israel but Moses was not ready. Moses went out in all of his ability and pride and slew an Egyptian thinking that the people would understand he was chosen to be a deliverer. It was as if he was thinking, “Look who I am.” “Surely people will understand who I am, and follow me, the great deliverer.” He was not and ended up forty years on the backside of a desert until the Lord would send him forth. Later God appears to Moses and sends him and he succeeds. This time He had God’s power working with him as well as a character change, a humble heart. Moses changed his tune from “Look who I am” to “Who am I Lord?” Moses realized without God he was nothing and could do nothing (Exodus 2:3, 4, 10-25; Exodus 3; Acts 7:20-36). Moses through fleshly pride slayed an Egyptian but through humility delivered a nation.