Thursday, April 22, 2010

God Will Have His Revenge, and it's Better than Ours

Numbers 12:1-3
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?" And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all the men who were on the face of the earth.)

"Father God, thank You for these words of encouragement. You had your revenge on Aaron and Miriam, because they insulted Moses and most importantly, they insulted You. Help us to remember to allow you the vengeance in our own lives and battles, and not take it ourselves. Your ways are better and higher than ours. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

You know that Bible Verse, 'vengeance is the Lord's' (or something along those lines). This is one of those times when God takes care of one of His people who can't do it themselves. He punished Miriam for speaking against His prophet. This wasn't just 'oh, let's talk bad about Moses'. They were questioning Moses' prophesies and being prideful, thinking that they could do the same thing. Unfortunately, they forgot who gave Moses the prophesies.

Have you ever been in a position where something happens, and you look up to heaven for an answer, and then suddenly remember that you asked everybody except God for help and advice? I know I have. It doesn't work very well for us. We struggle and fight and are met with strife, not because God put it in our paths, but because God isn't there to take away those struggles.

The same thing happened to Aaron and Miriam. They thought they could make prophesies and have God speak through them, too. But they didn't follow the protocol. We don't tell God what's going to happen next. The opposite, actually.

So what's the encouragement today? God had His revenge on Aaron and Miriam for Moses when Moses was too humble to get it himself. So Moses let God have His revenge. Miriam became a leper for a week, Aaron admitted his sin as soon as he saw what happened to Miriam.

God will take care of us. He'll have His revenge, as long as we let Him. So why should we let Him when we can do it ourselves? What could Moses have done? Spread rumors about Miriam, beat up Aaron... possibilities are endless, really. What could God have done? Moses can't have people be lepers, or sick, or dead, with just a few words. But God can. God's revenge is better than ours.

Another Touched By An Angel quote: " 'Vengeance belongs to the LORD. I doubled checked, and the verse doesn't say 'Vengeance belongs to the LORD and Tess'." (paraphrased) In other words, vengeance is God's and God's alone. Don't take it from Him. His ideas and His power are better and stronger than ours, and He will take care of us.

In His Service,

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