Have you ever been the subject of gossip?
It’s story time! Before we read the story, please think about a time when you were the subject of gossip. We’ve all been there: we’ve heard the bad things that people said about us, or that one time when we shared something personal with one person, and that information found wings and spread like wildfire. Actually, we probably have spread others’ information and failed to keep our mouths shut when we should have, so this story is for everyone: the good, the bad and the ugly (remember, and He saw that everything He had created was good, indeed, it was very good). Here’s the gist: Moses and Aaron said bad things about Moses and the Lord Himself came to fight for his bestie, Moses. Sigh. Lord, please come and fight for me also. The Lord would fight for me, but have I made the sacrifices that Moses made? Moses fasted for 40-days twice. The last fast I did defeated me like a bulldozer *insert sad face*
Please read the excerpt for yourself to find out the gist. If you have no patience, which is bad, you can read the highlighted parts.
“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 men who were on the face of the earth.)
Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said,
“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”
So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!” So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again. And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran.
Aaron and Miriam (Moses’ siblings) had criticised him for marrying an Ethiopain woman and the Lord Himself came to Moses’ defence. Here are a few things I’ve learnt from this story.
1. Being a friend of God doesn’t mean that adversity will not rise against you. The Lord Himself had to remind Aaron and Miriam that He spoke with Moses face to face, and that this was a privilege reserved for Moses alone. Yet, they were not afraid to speak against Moses. So, who are we that people cannot speak against us? As for adversaries, they certainly will rise against us. They will rise in their numbers, but don’t despair friends, there’s good news!
2. The Lord fights for His own. The Lord is very defensive. He not only is jealous when we serve other gods, He also takes offences committed against His chosen ones very seriously. He struck Miriam with leprosy and she had to stay outside the camp for seven days to be cleansed. The Lord HImself struck her, and although Moses pleaded on her behalf, the Lord insisted. When people fight against us when we’re on the Lord’s side, it is Yahweh Himself who fights for us. Don’t fret friends, The Lord is fighting for you!
3. Always pray for your adversaries. Forgiveness is not for others, it’s for you. I had heard that statement a lot, but I never experienced it until I actually tried forgiving and boy how difficult it was! However, Jesus asks us to do much more than forgive. He asks us to pray for those who hurt us! I never tried that until this year and never have I felt such peace after a conflict. I don’t mean praying with bitterness, but genuinely praying for those who hurt you. You shouldn’t even necessarily pray that they see their wrongs, but commit their lives into the hands of God.
Pray for the person who offended you as intensely as you pray for the people you love the most! Do that three times and the results will speak for themselves. I kid you not. Try it and share your testimonies with me!
I’ve enjoyed writing this so much that I’ll try to do a sequel :D I think I’ll write about how to pray for those who hate you, but we’ll see, the Holy Spirit will lead me.
That’s it for today friends! May God’s blessings chase you down and overshadow you!
I love you all dearly and Jesus loves you sooooo much!
Image from here.