But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared. Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, and the LORD said to Moses, “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown. (Numbers 16:42-45 NIV)
As leaders, Moses and Aaron faced constant opposition from the people. What amazes me the most about the two brothers is the manner in which they chose to respond. They’re often described falling facedown and begging God to forgive the people for their rebellion. In His famous sermon on the mount, Jesus would later teach His followers to do the same, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). I don’t suppose this came naturally to Moses, especially since he is often portrayed as a short-tempered man. If anything, I think that he would have wanted God to destroy the people, but surprisingly, Moses didn’t. Instead, he fell facedown and prayed. While we’re not all called to be leaders, we’re not exempt from problems. The question is will we choose to confront them in our human tendency or God’s?
When faced with problems, get on your knees and pray.