Most of us dream of great or significant things for our lives. Then at some point we look around and see someone else who has a more significant or greater life – – more influence, more acclaim, faster advancement, nicer things – – and we begin to covet what they have; to believe that we deserve to have it, probably even more than they do; and to believe that God was wrong not to give it to us. We may even begin moving in the direction of trying to right the wrong.
Today’s reading revolves around Korah’s Rebellion and the destructive aftermath. Korah and his followers challenged the position and authority of Moses and Aaron stating, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord.” (16:3)
Moses’ response is important: He asks Korah, “Is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do service in the Tabernacle of the Lord…” (16:9ff) In other words, “Do you think God has given you too small a thing because He didn’t give you the highest position? Do you think God owed you more than He gave you?” What these men did was no small thing – – 16:30 tells us that in doing this they “despised the Lord.”
James 1:14-17 tells us that God is the giver of every good thing in our lives. None of it is due us. It is all a gift. It is our sinful desire that leads us to want for more. We think that God is in our debt because He has failed to realize how worthy we truly are, and we thereby “despise the Lord,” rebelling against His authority and setting up our own.
Many people are caught up in Korah’s sin. Seldom does our sin only affect us. There is almost always collateral damage.
Are you content with the goodness of the Lord in your life? Are you satisfied even if it seems He is blessing others more than you? Is it enough if all He gives you is Jesus Christ? Or do you need the praise and acknowledgement of people?