Ever gotten caught in one of those conversations,
where one thing leads to another,
and pretty soon you wonder...
How'd we get to talking about this?
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.
Numbers 12:1-2 (NKJV)
Now remember, Miriam and Aaron
are the older sister and brother of Moses.
And I don't know if there were any bits of conversation
between, Ethiopian wife...
and, Has the Lord indeed...
but talk about change of subject!
And even as I read this whole event,
about judging others...
I found myself wanting to share in the pointing of fingers,
wondering why Moses' siblings were so backstabbing.
I wanted to judge them...
for judging him.
And then to read that one phrase at the end of verse two...
And the Lord heard it.
Stopped me in my tracks.
For the very next verse tells us what God says about the character of Moses.
Now the man Moses was very humble,
more than all men who were on the face of the earth.
How beautifully God comes to His defense,
when even Moses himself, never speaks a word of it.
Even though it would seem, that he may have overheard
God's words of challenge and correction to them.
What a difficult task Moses has been given.
To lead these grumbling people...
to rise above the crowd,
when even his family,
those who we would think might understand his perspective,
might encourage him and give him added support,
are jealous and judgmental
leaving Moses ever lonelier at the top.
It makes me realize that possibly our pastors
and church leaders must find themselves in similar places...
longing to discern how God is leading them
yet knowing things they decide and implement
may not always be the popular decisions to make.
They probably hear plenty of complaining...
and don't always get the encouragement they truly need.
And the Lord hears it all.
So what if we take this on
as a personal call to order.
What if in order to honor them...
in order to honor God,
we choose hold our tongues,
keep from complaining,
refrain from judgement,
and try to be understanding.
Even when we don't.
Because we will never have all the details...
we will never know all that our leaders had to consider
to make the decision.
But we can trust that God does...
and He is in ultimate control of our church.
And then we will not anger the Lord.
But what if we took further steps...
what if we did more.
What if, instead of trying to avoid God's anger,
we actually sought to please Him.
Because we could step out of our comfort zone
and let our pastors... our church leaders,
we trust them,
we honor them,
we believe in them,
and we love them for all that they do,
for all that they give.
I mean... we could assume that they know,
or... we could make sure they know!
Why don't we challenge ourselves.
Let's take some time this week
to simply do something small,
out of the ordinary...
write a note,
send a text,
stop by the church,
just to give our pastors an extra bit of encouragement.
Just let your pastor know
how much you do believe in them.
For they were chosen by God to lead
and He honors those who encourage His people.
Word of God... train me, today...
to be hold my tongue from judgment,
to be an encourager of those in church leadership.
Lord, I thank You
for my church and all those
whom You have chosen
Give them strength,
courage, focus and energy
to press on in the hard decisions.
Let us be a congregation that encourages.
Let us honor Your with our unity.
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