Facedown

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.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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