Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
But the very next morning the whole community of Israel began muttering again against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the Lord’s people!”
– Numbers 16:41
At the end of Numbers 16 we see another example of what we see in many “Christians” today. The people of Israel lacked the personal relationship with God, therefore they still saw God as an impersonal force that Moses and Aaron wielded. So when God killed the rebels, the children of Israel blamed Moses and Aaron instead of talking to God.
People do the same thing today. When we attack Christian leaders (especially ones we don’t even have a relationship with), we actually are showing our lack of a relationship with God. Is God unable to deal with these leaders? Why not talk to God about whatever corruption you think you’re seeing and wait for Him to deal with it? It’s because we still sometimes see God as a point that must be argued or protected more than a person who is more than able to take care of His own problems. Think of it this way: if God wanted to deal with the problem through you, He would have put you in a place to do so. But if He hasn’t, you take your complaint to the Lord. Anything more could be gossip and slander, and we see here how kindly God takes to that.
What issues have you been talking about but not taking to the Lord? What are you going to do about those things now?