Willful Disobedience


Numbers 16: 1:2Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent  and rose up against Moses.

Rebellion takes many different forms and has widely divergent results and consequences.

The root of rebellion is sin! Always has and always will be. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

A rebellious spirit is like witchcraft to God. We see in our devotion Numbers 16 how the son of Levi has gone too far with their jealousy. Rather than them trusting and relying on God for His sovereignty and justice they sought to operate in their own accord.

And just like you and I today, we let sin arise in our hearts that we complain ignoring the authority God has in place that we rebel and take matters into our own hands. Rebellion always involves envy of someone or something rather it is a position, salary, friend, or family matter or so forth.

Korah was so envious of the authority which God had given Moses and Aaron that it drove Korah to his death. We must guard our hearts and minds in every decision we make. We need to ask ourselves if what we are doing honoring God or are we striving to exalt and please others.

If you haven’t read this story in its entirety, please do. You will be able to relate.

I love how God’ word is so alive! Thank you, Jesus. 🙏

6 Comments Add yours

  1. “If you love me, keep my commands. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” ~ John 14:15; 21

  2. desirayl says:

    AMEN! Thanks for sharing that verse. Have a bless day.

  3. Terri Nida says:

    Hi Desiray! Thank you for a convicting post and reminding me to guard my heart. I hope you’re doing well.

  4. desirayl says:

    Hello Terri! I am doing very well. Thanks for asking. I’m glad you enjoyed the devotional. Hopefully you were able to read that entire chapter. It’s good stuff.

  5. hope says:

    I agree, we must check our motives with the Lord for all things. Just yesterday, the Holy Spirit convicted me of a wrong motivation. I repented quickly and asked God to protect me from future moments, that I might not continue. Rebellion would have suggested that it was only a little thing and not worth worrying about. Yet, we need to always be on guard against sin, even in the tiniest form. Thank you for the reminder! God bless you, my friend! ❤️

  6. desirayl says:

    Exactly, it’ll seem to be those tiny things that get us, and we justify it to make us feel good.

    All the more reason we have to guard our hearts. Thank you for commenting. I do appreciate it. 🙏

    Have a blessed day, my friend.

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