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Numbers 12:11 NIV 
2015-12-01Written by Bob and Debby Gass
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When Miriam criticised her brother Moses because of the wife he chose, God gave her leprosy. Ouch, but was it out of the blue? What did Miriam do wrong? It started with her and Aaron making fun of Moses' foreign wife (real classy, guys) but it seems that this wasn't even her actual problem: '"Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?"' (Numbers 12:2 NIV). Her real issue was jealousy. She wanted just as much recognition and honour as her little brother. She wasn't happy with the role that God had given her and that led her to greed. When other people around us succeed it can be easy to think: 'Hey! I'm just as good as them. Maybe even better. It should be me standing at the front, leading/teaching/getting some praise.' Are you being disrespectful of your church leadership because you think you could be doing a better job? Even if you do think there's real room for improvement, that doesn't give you free rein to disrespect your leaders. Given the amount of hard work and grafting that goes on behind the highlight reels for most in-the-spotlight folk, it's probably not fair to assume we deserve their place instead. Leadership is a role that needs God's blessing to be done well. Let's drop unnecessary criticism and pray for some more of that blessing instead. What Now? Your church/group leaders have a hard job and they're not perfect. Why not commit to praying one day a week for them?
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