I am reading in Numbers right now and it is just so rich and applicable (yes I’m talking about the 4th book of the OT:) I love everything to do with the Tabernacle-if you’ve heard me speak or teach any time, then you probably heard me say that… lots… but today I’m dwelling on another topic that although is tied to the tabernacle, is really about a subject we as women struggle with greatly—the green eyed monster. Nope, not talking about the Incredible Hulk but about jealousy that comes from comparing ourselves to others.
Why do we do that so much???? I watched Celebrity Apprentice last night with my kids and was reminded about this very subject because the women’s team drives me crazy. We talked about why they are so catty and obnoxious and I had a revelation (or at least a thought)–it’s because they are all ‘celebrities’ or ‘divas’ of some sort. they are used to everything being all about them all the time. Stay with me because this applies to those of us with non celebrity status also—there is a huge sense of entitlement for those women because they consider themselves to be ”all that’. So teamwork is almost a non-existent concept and their attempts to work together cause much criticism and lots of hurt feelings. “I felt under-appreciated” or “No one cared what I thought”.
Now back to Numbers. In Chap 16, Korah and some of his cronies got together and whined about their jobs. They were jealous of Moses and Aaron’s positions of leadership and the rights that God had given them to approach Him for the people. You really should read it because there are some great lessons there but what I’m dwelling on today is how seriously the Lord took this situation. Understand these men were from the tribe of Levi so they had access to and responsibility for the holy things of the Tabernacle, but they didn’t have the same position as Aaron and they wanted more for themselves.
hmmm, when was the last time you were jealous of another person’s role in the church? Have you ever thought “Why should she be teaching that class when I would be just as good? or “Who does she think she is to be out front while I’m doing all the work behind the scenes?”
Girls, we should be so careful of any thoughts like these (apply 2 Cor 10:5 immediately). Look at how God handled their rebellious, sinful attitudes–vv 28-35. Moses said “Look, here’s how you will know who the Lord put in charge and it wasn’t my idea, but if something new happens and the ground opens up and swallows the men who are grumbling then you will know they have treated the Lord with contempt” ….and oh my–can you picture it? the ground opened up and swallowed these men and their families alive then closed back up–then God sent fire and burned up the 250 others who had agreed and been part of the uprising!!!
Our take away?? Their jealousy was contempt for God. They weren’t happy with what they had been assigned to do and wanted someone’s else position. When you and I are jealous, when we whine about our jobs, or spiritual gifts or positions in the church because we like someone’s else’s better–we are showing contempt for God. Ouch!
There is no room in the work of the Kingdom for women who constantly bicker, whine, complain and argue because they are comparing their gifts, lives, and positions to others. We are all gifted to serve differently and uniquely. May we remember that with thanksgiving today and be grateful that He continues to use us with all our issues (another lesson for another day). God really does know what He is doing and we need to trust Him and surrender to His Holy Spirit today so that we can be part of the work He is doing.
And if you are comparing and wishing you had what someone else has….don’t stand by me–just in case:)
His plan for you is perfect–trust that today.