“And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?” (Numbers 16:10).TEXT — Numbers 16:1-11
Contentment is a very rare virtue in the lives of many. The inordinate ambition to get a particular thing or position at all costs has led to so many betrayals, usurpation of legitimate authorities, destructive criticisms, propaganda and so on. In many countries, lack of contentment has led to looting of the treasury and even elimination of political opponents.
The rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram was due to lack of satisfaction with the positions God had given them. This made them revolt against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. They, with two hundred and fifty famous and renowned princes of the assembly, rose up to challenge the two leaders, claiming they were arrogating too much authority to themselves. Moses responded by telling them that God would show who He had actually chosen.
God hates covetousness, which is the root cause of discontentment. Had Gehazi the servant of Elisha not allowed greed to get the better of him, he would perhaps have gotten a double portion of the Spirit of God as Elisha also received from Elijah. Similarly, Balaam lost his life and ministry due to greed.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain”. The antidote to lack of contentment is faith in the promises of God with patience to wait for the manifestation. Job did not allow his suffering to affect his faith and dependence on God. Whatever belongs to us as believers will come to us in God’s appointed time if we trust and obey Him, because promotion can only come from Him.
Thought for the day
Waiting patiently upon God midwives enduring blessings eventually.
- in one year
- PSALM 36 – 38