Humility And God’s Discipline

​Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And 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 meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my Lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” And Moses cried to the Lord , “O God, please heal her—please.” But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

Numbers 12:1‭-‬16 ESV

I love this passage and what reminders it is telling me. In our lives, we sometimes experience oppositions but if we keep walking in the ways of the Lord no matter who we are up against to, the Lord will be on our side and fight for us. In this passage, it seems that Moses did not even know that his siblings were talking behind his back. I could just imagine how the confrontation was like when God summoned Arron, Miriam and Moses at the entrance of the tent. For sure it was vindicating to Moses that God affirmed him as a faithful servant. How wonderful it is to have a personal relationship with the Lord! ❤❤❤

I could not also help not to admire Moses’ humility. Humility is not very easy trait to embody especially when people wrong you. Moses even prayed for Miriam’s healing when God caused her to be leprous. I believe Moses was humble as he was because he fully knew God and rested on God’s sovereignity. With this, my prayer is for the Lord to bless me with humility rooted from the knowledge of His sovereignity. That’s why reading the Bible helps so much to develop a Christlikeness attitude and outlook.

Finally, this passage also showed God as a Father who disciplined His children. He knew that Moses was wronged so He punished Miriam not too harm her but to teach her that what she did was unrighteous. We can sense that God cared for her because the Israelites waited for her to get well before they went on their way. This is a good reminder every time we feel disciplined by the Lord, that Jesus will never leave us and at the end of it we will be more like him if we endure and learn.

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia

Godly Leadership – Delegation

As I aspire to be a leader that the Lord God wants me to be, I want to share the passages that inspire me to grow as a leader. What would be the best way to learn about good leadership other than looking at the dealings of God and the lives of the people whom He appoints? ​Not only that the Bible teaches and inspires spiritual growth, rather it is a complete life instructional book authored by God – a user manual from the very Creator.

So for my first post about leadership, I take on the advice of Jethro to Moses on how to handle work loads.

The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”

Exodus 18:13‭-‬23 ESV

Even back then, delegation is an important aspect of leading people. As a leader, it is usually the case when there are too much to do with so little time. Jethro was correct saying that it is not good to take on too many things alone. In an organization or team environment, it will cause bottlenecks and will wear out the leader eventually. For a leader, it is important to identify which tasks can he (or she) delegate to his members. Then finding the right people to entrust the tasks is the next step. This is critical because getting the wrong people for the job sets them up for failure and it is not good either. So it requires careful assessment and some help from the Lord for guidance. As for getting the right people, it is helpful to encourage them to grow on the role and still provide an oversight on their progress.

Finally, this passage also inspires me to strive for humility. This all tells me that being a leader does not exempt me from needing to receive advice or criticisms from all sides of the fence (whether from followers, peers or bosses). Corrections may be a pill that is hard to swallow but in the end it intends to do good. Furthermore, given the success and the authority that God handed to Moses, he remained humble.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

PS. I’m still in the process of learning delegation and humility but atleast I know the concept based on what Scriptures tells us. I know I’m on the right track.