Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thurs., 5/5/11 Devotion (Num. 12:1a, 2a)

Today's encouragement comes from Numbers 12:1a & 2a, where we read these words:

"Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married . . . So they said, 'Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? . . . ' "

Take a look at these two verses above, and learn something. Aaron's and Miriam's problem with their brother (Moses) was that he had gone off and married an Ethiopian woman. They did not like this for some reason. Maybe they were prejudiced. But note *what* Aaron and Mir-
iam do: they make their statement about those through whom God speaks as a *pretense* (with regard to what it was that *really* bothered them).

This is a very common practice among sinners (of all sorts). What they say is not really the issue. Keep this principle in mind as you deal with people, especially if you are in any kind of leadership position. Try to understand what the real "rub" is, and don't be duped by "straw men."

[Puritan quote of the day: "Bend the greatest strength of your heart in [fervent] prayer to God against the corruption that troubles you the most." --Christopher Love, in, "The Mortified Christian"]