Chapter-a-Day Numbers 12

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Miriam and Aaron talked against Moses behind his back
because of his Cushite wife (he had married a Cushite woman). They said, “Is it only through Moses that God speaks? Doesn’t he also speak through us?” Numbers 12:1-2 (MSG)

Any person who steps into leadership makes him/herself a good target. Leaders are usually standing up in front. They often find themselves standing alone, in the spotlight, addressing the crowd. No wonder it’s so easy to take a shot at them as they stand there alone. There is a reason that leaders get criticized no matter what they do.

The role of a leader is a difficult one and those who do it well make it look very easy. Like Aaron and Miriam, it’s easy to step back and think that we could do just as good a job, if not better. It’s easy for envy to set in.

“Why not me?”
“What does he/she have that I don’t?”
“It’s not fair that he/she gets all the attention and has it easy.”

There is a reason God tells us to honor and pray for our leaders. It’s easy to criticize and tear down, but it takes discipline to honor and humbly submit to God ordained authority.

Today, I’m watching my words as I speak about others, especially those in positions of leadership.

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