By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,
and trouble came to Moses because of them;
for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
and rash words came from Moses’ lips.
Oftentimes when things go wrong the responsibility for what happened lies with the leaders. No wonder, since those who are in leadership positions are granted more power and this implies a greater accountability for the outcomes of their decisions. A good leader knows what he is exposed to and when something does not go as expected he takes full responsibility for what happened. However, on rare occasions, the responsibility lies not with the leader but on the followers. In the case of the popular protest against Moses because the shortage of water in the desert, the level of gossip of the people was so strong and so repetitive that it made Moses, an extremely humble man, to loose his cool and he ended up acting stupid and rashly carrying out the instructions that God gave him. Moses could blame the people, in fact, God disciplined the people for this and many other instances of complaint and murmuring. Moses’ failure was a result of his rebellious spirit which considered that what God had ordered him to do was a nuisance for his life.
We all receive God’s direction but sometimes we believe that the way we resolve the issues is better than God’s way and we end up rebelling against him. The basis for rebellion is pride and disobedience and we know that none of these things is pleasing to the Lord. When God commands us to do something and we think that there is a better way to do it, we should immediately stop and analyze where we are failing and identify what we need to do to fulfill God’s instructions to the letter. Otherwise it is very likely that we will end up falling into the deep pit of error and sin. Let us heed the voice of God and let us allow his Holy Spirit to lead us into the path of righteousness. To God alone be the glory!
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Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
There are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. Some people like to talk so much that they can not remain silent under any circumstances and end up saying sheer nonsense that no one is interested in hearing. Those are the fools. Sometimes even a king needs to put them in place and ask them to shut up. Others have a poisoned tongue that only utters insults and curses that can only come from a heart controlled by the devil. There are also those to whom nothing seems right and all they do is complain about everything. We also have those who are unable to utter an expression of thanks, but only know how to demand. Some have made an art of lying, if you can call deception that. With amazing skills they can convince even the most skeptical but always at the expense of hoaxes and deceit. We can’t leave aside those who always have an excuse to justify they have not done anything, because of inability or laziness. And what about those who have a treacherous tongue and are willing to sell the secrets, even those of his own brother. As we can see, there are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. We can’t mention all of them for reasons of space.
Have you been at any time part of one or more of the groups described above? Are any of these behaviors a problem you’re currently facing? An uncontrolled tongue can do great damage. James, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” and “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Before you say anything, consider well what you are going to say to avoid pronouncing evil words. Thus, we will be careful not to hurt our neighbor and also we will protect ourselves. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, faith, fool, God, Jesus, justice, lips, Proverbs 13, rash, ruin, tongue, truth, wisdom