October 5, 2019
Numbers 12:1-3 (TLB) One day Miriam and Aaron were criticizing Moses because his wife was a Cushite woman, and they said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them. Immediately he summoned Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to the Tabernacle: “Come here, you three,” he commanded. So they stood before the Lord. (Now Moses was the humblest man on earth.)
When I read the verse above, my heart was very ‘tickled’. How come the Bible described Moses as someone who was so humble, yet at the same time, also took another woman to be his wife.
Although in this case God still defended Moses against Aaron and Miriam who criticized him, it doesn’t mean God approved Moses’ action of taking a Cushite (Ethiopian) woman as his wife. For God never allowed polygamy or divorce (Mal 2:13-16).
From the story, I learned something: to be a person of a worthy character (Moses was the humblest and meekest man), and even experiencing God’s defense when ‘attacked by others’, doesn’t guarantee that the person is doing what’s right!
We need a complete determination to keep doing what’s right in our everyday life. We need a heart attitude that truly pursues the truth, to the point we no longer use various excuses or logic that are human or natural (and even the most common excuses) to defend ourselves from our wrongdoing!
The more I meditate on the principle of ‘doing what’s right’, the more God makes me realize that the ones could constantly do what’s right in their everyday life are only those who have ‘emptied themselves’. To always do the right thing, we often have to make sacrifices. And what make those sacrifices feel heavy is because they require us to ‘surrender’ our life; our future, desires, dreams, and everything else.
Matthew 26:39, 42 (NKJV) And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will. He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
When Jesus said to the Father, not My will, but Your will be done, Jesus was positioning Himself to do what’s right! Our steps of obedience towards everything God speaks and desires will always position us to do the right thing! Never again shall we make ‘God being with us’, or anointing in ministry, or even the reputation of having a great character, as a guarantee that we will always do the right thing.
To always do what’s right in our everyday life, we need to have a determination and decision-making process that is aligned to God’s word. So, always empty yourself and build your determination and decision-making to do what’s right; in every situation, towards everyone, in all areas of life! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus