Today's Devotion (Monday)

Authority Comes From Above

NUMBERS 17:1-13

Key Verse:

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not" (Number 17:10).

Politicians try to occupy positions and public offices with various motives. Many want to use the platforms for serving the public and bringing their good ideas to bear on the people. Others seek office as a means of self-glorification, access to public wealth and influence or just to be mentioned in history as having been once there. For this reason, they make so much effort to out-do one another during campaigns. God cannot be associated with confusion. He sets clear leaders over groups of people. It was therefore surprising that the Israelites disputed the leadership of Aaron until God had to settle it once and for all. The method He chose had the desired effect, such that the Aaronic priesthood was never disputed afterward. This, no doubt, must have been fixed in the minds of the people about the divine appointment of Aaron. To see a piece of wood long cut off from the parent stock, without bark or moisture remaining, laid up in a dry place and such a piece of wood, budding, blossoming and bringing forth ripe fruit at the same time, must be a demonstration of God’s power. God can do all things! It is therefore puzzling that many people sometimes, blatantly claim qualification for tasks they are neither suited nor equipped to perform. There are those who believe, even in their sins, that they are sufficiently holy and in every way fit to minister in holy things. How wrong they are! God’s immutable dictates must be single-mindedly adhered to if we are to receive His blessings. The leaders He sets over His people must be obeyed and honoured. Submission to the leadership ordained by God is what we need today. God is ready to forgive the errant follower as well as the inordinately ambitious who repents. Let us be obedient to divine leadership, for there is blessing in obedience.

Thought for the day: God chooses those He wills.

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