This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
Today I am thinking about that insatiable desire to be right.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall the heated exchange between Moses and a group of Levites. The Levites were frustrated because they were not in the Promised Land yet, and they didn’t feel as though Moses was leading them in the right way. They looked at their current life in the wilderness and thought that they would have been far better off in Egypt.
At one point, there was a confrontation between the Levites and Moses. Moses was insulted because he was receiving his instructions directly from God. In his mind, he was doing the very best he could in that moment, yet the Levites didn’t trust him to lead.
The amazing thing is that in the middle of the heated exchange, Moses fell to the ground and began to pray for the Levites. This really caught my attention because when I think about how divided our country has become, including all the political dialogue and bitter exchanges, I realize just how important Moses’s actions are today.
Do you sometimes have that insatiable desire to be right? I know for sure that is where some of my work lies. Yet in that moment of contention, we should take a step back and do what Moses did—pray for the healing of the other person whether we’re right or wrong.
If you’re like me, let us be strengthened by these words: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
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So today, resist that urge.