March 12

Numbers 16:41-18:32; Mark 16:1-20; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 11:7

You would have thought that after all of Korah’s companions were destroyed, the complaining and rebellion would have ended. But, it didn’t. Moses and Aaron were still under attack.

Isn’t it interesting that after all these chapters, the real, fundamental reason comes out. They were jealous that Moses and Aaron had been chosen by God to lead. They could go into the Most Holy Place and the other Israelites could not. The truth is: God’s favor will set you apart and you must develop the ability to gracefully accept it.

Have you ever noticed that some people cannot handle the blessings of God on your life? Try as they may, they just cannot understand how God could have chosen you and not them. This was the fundamental issue with the Israelites. They wanted to know what made Moses and Aaron so special. The people’s persistent rebellion against Moses and Aaron angered God to the extent that He was ready to punish them.  Moses and Aaron literally interceded for the people so that their sin would not completely destroy them.  Who would help rescue the same people who are persecuting them?

When you recognize that you are favored by God, you won’t jeopardize it with retaliation. Wear your favor with grace. You can’t stop the persecution but you can live above it. Moses and Aaron did it and you can too.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 19:1-20:29; Luke 1:1-25; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 11:8