Danger of Comparing


Comparing ourselves to others, or being envious of other people is not good. We see here that Aaron and Miriam, both close relatives of Moses began to speak against Moses because he married a woman of Cush, modern day Ethiopia. 
Yet we see the real resentment was not the woman but rather Moses’s leadership. We can often out of personal jealousy and envy of others find so many stupid reasons to resent them. We see this happen here. First of all, the Lord shows us that He is not nearly as concerned about the color of one’s skin as the colors that come from the heart. Jealousy, pride or envy can make us look so ugly.
We see that God though he judged Miriam for her instigation, he shows he is just as much a merciful God as we see Him described in the New Testament.
God does not kill Miriam or Aaron, Miriam who probably started the bickering among Aaron and herself become leprous for a span of time and is confined outside the camp for seven days. See how the Israelites waited till her punishment was over until they went on. Here I see God’s grace even in His severe dealing with Miriam.
We also see how it is said of Moses, “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone on the face of the earth.” We see Moses distressed in fact and plead with God to heal his older sister.

Moses was not thinking of himself here or how he had been wronged, but shows distress that the Lord leaves Miriam leprous.
We also see how God spoke face to face with him, not in riddles or dreams like an ordinary prophet, because “He is faithful in all my house.”
Let me guess, it is probable that God used Moses so greatly and spoke so clearly just for the reason he was humble and so faithful. Many people say God does not speak so clearly. God does want to communicate, so it is not God’s fault, but rather as it is written
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

Psalm 25:14 – 
We see God also have a very special close relationship with another man, Abraham. God actually in Genesis 18 says “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?”
Then later it is written: ““But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,

Isaiah 41:8 – 
God has friendship and closeness reserved for those who reverence Him and wholeheartedly obey Him. He does not love any of His redeemed children less then others, but he will confide most with those who are faithful with what He has already shown.
Jesus said, “14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

(John 15:14-1)
We become God’s friends first by faith in Jesus Christ, before that we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10) 
So God obviously never loved us less or more when we were saved vs after. However, we see God’s love reach into the realm of enemies to win friends.
As we grow in our faith and continue on in his commands, our fellowship with Him can grow, and He will reveal more to us as we mature in the Friendship with the Lord. We will be trusted with more revelation often when we grow in the practice of what we already know! He will reveal more as grow and develop a deeper relationship with the Savior and Lord who loved us at our worst, yet still desired to bring the best out of us!
It’s a privilege and honor to be called friends of God, we should not reverence His Lordship less for this but we have a relationship with our King and God.

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