DATE POSTED Saturday, 2022-03-26
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Numbers 12:3; 7-9
TRANSLATION: GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
BIBLE TEXT: 3 (Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth.)
7 … this is not the way I treat my servant Moses. He is the most faithful person in my household. 8 I speak with him face to face, plainly and not in riddles. He even sees the form of the Lord. Why weren’t you afraid to criticize my servant Moses?”
9 The Lord was angry with them, so he left.
APPLICATION: I am challenged every time I read this particular Scripture, for most Bible translations include verse 3. That helps us to understand why God placed so much faith in Moses and his will to obey Him, even under circumstances where Moses could clearly see that his leadership placed he and his people against what appeared to be, life-challenging barriers. The Red Sea; The lack of water; No food; No trained soldiers to fight Pharaoh’s oncoming army; No meat; etc. etc. It appears like Moses was pliable and never fought to have his own way, for he was considered to be ‘the most humble man on earth’! Wow, what an honorable characteristic to be known by! This might be a good time to pause and consider the words that might be used to characterize you. Will it be God-honoring? Will it be any different coming from your intimate family, than from your peers in the workplace? Whatever it is, I trust that you will be able to follow the example of Moses in verse 13, for he pled with God to heal his sister, Miriam, of the disease God had imposed on her as her punishment. But what really led me to write this devotional today is verse 8 above, for God challenged Moses’ siblings on why they would even entertain the thought of speaking against their brother – His invaluable servant. Of course, the Holy Spirit dealt with me on this, and I believe He will also challenge you to think about the individuals that often anger us. We just have so many suggestions on how they might do better. Think about:
-*- Your Spouse – you agreed before a pastor/priest/notary that since he or she was a gift from God, you would love them and care for them until separated in death. As you fight and battle with them, aren’t you also saying that perhaps God made a mistake in giving them to you?
-*- Your Pastor – You prayed and prayed with your church elders that God would bless your church with just the right man He had prepared years before to win the hearts of your community. After just a short stint on the field, you are questioning whether your pastor is saved, much less ever trained for the pastorate! You fall asleep during his sermons and you are embarrassed to hear him counsel others. Over and repeatedly you question whether you truly received a word from God on voting for this pastor. Friends, it may be time to search inside your own heart, for it is not your job to question God on who He placed in your midst. God said that He could even use stones, if you refuse to honor Him in your praises. Don’t you know that He could also speak through a man standing before you, looking to God for the right message to speak to your heart?
Those are just two examples to consider dear friends. I’m sure that others have crossed your mind as you meditated on my thoughts. When you consider the giver of these good people in your life, I would ask the same question that God asked Miriam and Aaron: ‘Why weren’t you afraid to criticize them?’ Another translation read something like this: ‘how dare you criticize my humble servant – the one I put in place for a time such as this’? God brought punishment on Miriam and Aaron for their sin. God, please bless us, forgive us, and drive us towards righteous living, filled with words and actions that may be pleasing to You, and never condemning towards a Brother or a Sister.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Because of his obedience and humbleness, God protected His servant throughout his leadership of the Israelites. I have no doubt that God will do the same for us!
PRAYER: Thank You for Your watchful eye on us, Your children, Lord! It is so easy to be sucked into criticizing others – even those ordained, blessed and guided by You. Please help us to look at all that You have blessed them with, and all the good You are able to accomplish through them. Block our ears from the noise of the adversary as he tries to pull down those whom You bless, and those who You use to reach the loss. Please teach us to lift up and not tear down; praise and not complain; bless and not curse. Also teach us to accept Your leadership in all aspects of life, and in knowing that all that You place among us will serve as Your hands and feet to a lost and dying world. AMEN!
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