Confusing the Status Quo

In our comfort we can defy God moving in a way new to us.

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// "Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, 'Moses, my lord, stop them!' " -Numbers 11:28 //

We can become really comfortable in how God moves in our lives.  Routine is comforting to us.  Predictability.  It's easy, it doesn't require much faith, and we become a bit self-reliant.

I think there is something positive to be said for this.  It shows we can trust God.  We trust Him to be consistent and faithful, so we don't need to worry, be anxious, stress.

But where it can become a problem is when we want to hold God to only operating within the mold we are used to and not being open to Him operating in new ways.

After all, wasn't that the problem the Pharisees and Sadducees had with Jesus entering the scene as the Son of God?

But that example is a bit extreme.  There are simpler examples, like the one I read in Numbers, recently.

We find Moses telling God that he can't do all of the leading he has been doing, being the keeper of fairness and law for Israel, because they were increasing in size so many more cases and requests were coming before him.  God heard him and commissioned him to choose 70 elders from their community to anoint as leaders under him.

When Moses did this, God gave them the Spirit and they began prophesying.  2 other men also caught the Spirit and Joshua became a bit jealous, as we see in verse 28, because it was taking away from Moses' ministry.

Moses called him out on it in verse 29: "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!"

Moses was open to the Lord working.  It was easy enough for him - he was the one petitioning for assistance for God to give.  But Joshua saw it as a threat to how things had always been done and the position of his leader.  He felt noble in honoring and defending his leader, but ultimately that missed the mark of honoring God first.

How might God be trying to work in a new way in your own life?  And more importantly, how can you be open to His leadership?

Michael Tatonetti