The Strength in Falling Down

Wendy Pope

Day: 16 | Plan: Numbers

Today's Reading: Numbers 16

Numbers 16:4 (NIV) “When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.”

What incredible leadership lessons we can learn from Moses. The once frightened, stuttering shepherd has grown into a strong and confident leader. Of all his strengths, the one we witness in Numbers 16 challenges me the most.

Korah, Moses’ cousin, was one of the wealthy Levite leaders. He wasn’t chosen to be the high priest and harbored some animosity toward Aaron. He was also envious of Moses’ position of leadership. After being told they would not be allowed in the Promised Land, Korah rallied for position and support among his and Reuben’s tribes to overthrow Moses and Aaron.

You Levites have gone too far,” (Numbers 16:7) Korah bellowed to Moses at the rally against his cousins. Talk about family tension. Korah’s entire speech was a “Who do you think you are? Do you think you are better than us?” diatribe against Moses and Aaron. With all eyes on Israel’s leaders, they waited for Moses’ response.

Scripture says, “When Moses heard this, he fell facedown” (Numbers 16:4). Yes, Moses took it to the ground right in front of his enemy. It takes great strength to fall down.

Three times in Numbers 16 Moses demonstrates humility in face of anger and accusation. Moses could have stood in his own defense, argued his own case and defended his calling. Yet, Moses chose to fall prostrate before the Lord and in front of his own enemies.

Moses knew God could defend him. He surrendered to the Lord's defense and in doing so Moses pointed his enemies directly to the source of his defense. What a message to show an enemy! I am not suggesting we be a doormat for others to walk over. But when the Holy Spirit whispers, “God’s got this,” let’s yield. We can rest in the freedom of His rescue.

Prayer : Lord, forgive me when I haven’t yielded to the restraining whisper of Your Holy Spirit. I know I have not always represented You well. Thank You for always being my protector and defender. I pray for humility to be developed in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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