So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again. (Numbers 12:15 NLT)
Miriam loved Moses right from when he was born. When baby Moses was sent over Nile river in a basket, she was the one to follow the basket, and talked wisely with Pharaoh’s daughter and made an impressive deal by recruiting her own mom to nurse her little brother at Pharaoh’s money at such a little age.
Now, how that Moses that she “saved” could be greater than her! That was possibly her logic for the argument and jealous.
Nevertheless, God’s servant is God’s servant. When God anoints someone, it is His will and choice – none can argue and can talk against; including the family.
Miriam got the attention one way or the other. She wants to stand out, but she end up standing outside the camp until God healed her!
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. Matthew 23:11 MSG
“Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” (Psalms 2:3 NLT)
Pride instantly brings a deceptive illusion that we are so big and shouldn’t be dependent of anyone.
The moment pride sets in, the relationship that we are dependent on will sound slavery.
Pride makes us to think we know better and make us mock the rules and regulations in place which indicates that we are prone to fail if they’re not there.
Every creature are created to be dependent on God. Period. We know our boundaries and what has to be submitted for God to do in our lives. It’s simply the pride that destroys God’s plan for our lives.
There is a peaceful freedom in submission to God’s authority!
They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. (Romans 2:15 NLT)
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. (Romans 1:21 NLT)
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Just the way God didn’t weighed us if we were worthy enough to be saved by the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ, but saved us sinners by grace – He doesn’t guarantee our salvation by our strictest holy works and cleanliness.
But He guarantee by His Spirit breathed in us!
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. Ephesians 1:14
It is a pride to think we are overcoming temptations and keeping the flesh clean. It will be a trap to fall soon as it exalts above the finished work of the Cross of Christ in our lives.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s boast about our weaknesses not our strengths. You’re far more stable laying flat than standing strong.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:19
Miracles are addictive if you been there and tasted it!
As much as we hate those times of suffering/trials/persecution we love those times our Lord comes to our rescue. What a faithful God He is!
Without going thru’ troubles we could never experience the closer relationship with God and would never have the opportunity for Him to help us.
God’s presence is so obvious with those who stay humble and go thru’ a time of suffering. Whereas we see only pride and pomp in those who think they’re closer to God and only causing suffering to others.
May our challenging time not only bring us closer to the Lord, but let it help many experience the sweet presence of God.
1 Kings 19:11-13
His presence isn’t in the terrible blasting wind
His presence isn’t in the threatening earthquake
His presence isn’t in intense fire
But His presence is in the sound of a gentle whisper!
We are more effectively used (carry rich presence of God) during our suffering and post-suffering times than all those loud good times. Pride stays far from us due to those frequent sufferings, His presence stays closer to us as a result!
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31
King Hezekiah loved the Lord, no doubt about it – he was one of the very few kings that not only served the Lord faithfully but also lead the people to serve the Lord.
He ran to the Lord every time there was a threat, because of that the Lord fought his battles and rescued him. But there was one problem with King Hezekiah consistently – he was quick to fall prey to pride.
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. 2 Chronicles 32:24-25
Although Hezekiah was also quick to repent and humble – God was indeed waiting to test him at one point of time!
Like King Hezekiah, we all have issues and none of us are perfect. By His grace we are who we are (good part of us), without His grace we will fall.
The scary part is what if the Lord wants to test us and see what’s really in our heart and He withdraws Himself from us for a season just the way He did in King Hezekiah’s life. We really don’t know who we are until we go thru’ that season of time, that’s when we will come to know our true colors, real character and hidden motives.
Only two things can help us pass the test if we prepare before that testing time –
- Daily reading and applying of God’s word in our lives: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
- Be open and sensitive to God’s Spirit to convict us: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalm 139:23
Let’s pass the test; we get only one shot at it.