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From James 1, we learned that finding God’s will is growing in wisdom and maturity such that we learn to make wise choices, and that the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit to ensure that we reach that maturity. But that’s a long process. In the meantime, we have to live in a church where some people seem to get a better deal than we do. How are we to deal with that?
- At this point in history, the salvation of the nation depends on Miriam as a young girl.
- When Miriam grows up she becomes a prophetess and a leader of the people (Exodus 15:20-21).
- As Moses serves God, Miriam’s role is diminished. She resents it.
- Moses never wanted the glory (Numbers 11:26-29).
- Miriam resents the fact that her baby brother is eclipsing her.
- Miriam’s sin is a subtle, hidden sin of the heart, but it’s deadly.
- Leprosy does on the outside what resentment does on the inside.
- Resentment disfigures the soul. Leprosy disfigures the body.
- Resentment can cause others to stumble and fall, as Miriam drew Aaron into her bitterness. The Leprosy made the nation wait 7 days for Miriam.
- Resentment isolates us from others because we resent their gifts and their accomplishments. Leprosy forced Miriam into isolation in the wilderness.
- Miriam’s problem is that she was more focused on who got the glory rather than doing good.
The goal is to serve the our Lord and King. The goal is not fame and glory. We can accomplish a whole lot of good if we don’t care who gets the glory.