Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 28, 2014

Be content with what you have.

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 16:8-11.

“Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi, is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;  and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you?  And are you seeking for the priesthood also?  Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord;  but as for Aaron, who is he that you grumble against him?”  Numbers 16:8-11.

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Moses points to jealousy as a cause of the grumbling and rebellion by Korah and his followers.  We too need to be careful that we don’t fall into the temptation of jealousy and grumbling.  Like Korah was jealous of Moses’ position, we can be jealous of another’s position.  Even today despite reading today’s Scripture and writing some first draft notes for today’s devotion, I later read the newspaper’s recommendations for judges in our judicial election races, and I felt a twinge of jealousy and had to subdue it.

We should not be jealous.  “Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.  Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”  1 Corinthians 10:10-12.

We entertain a twinge of jealousy, thinking it is innocent and justified.  But, it is not innocent nor justified.  It leads to grumbling and other sins.  Grumbling leads to outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, and envying.  These sins lead to rebellion as were written for our instruction in Numbers Chapter 16.

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:  immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Galatians 5:19-21.

But, there is hope!

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;  and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23.

Korah, listen to Moses!  Don’t be jealous!  It is enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them!     

Be “… content with what you have …”.  Hebrews 13:5.

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