Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to serve them; and that He has brought you near to Himself … ? And are you seeking the priesthood also? (Numbers 16:9-10)
The Scripture says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). For today’s devotion, I’d like to emphasize the word, “my.” In other words, it doesn’t say “your” or “theirs.” The writer is focused upon the impact the Word has on our own lives. What’s my point? It seems that Korah became too focused on Moses’ and Aaron’s role rather than his own causing him to fall into great error. Motivated by self promotion, He developed a disdain for those who held a more prominent position than he. Unfortunately, this is a trap that many fall into and God’s people are no exception.
Korah is a classic example of someone who is not willing to function in their purpose; not being content with the job they’ve been given but instead desiring the other guy’s role. This type of envy is not only immature but is counterproductive to the work of the Kingdom.
After the resurrection, an exchange took place between Yeshua and Peter that I believe addresses the issue. Peter was asked three times if he loved Yeshua and three times he replied in the affirmative. Messiah followed up with a statement regarding Peter’s death that seemed to bother him because, after hearing this, Peter turned his attention toward another of the disciples, presumably John. He asked, “Lord, what about this man?” In other words, what do you have in store for him? To this, Yeshua replied, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
The point is, “Don’t concern yourself with the other man and his call; focus on what I’ve called you to do.” In short, “Follow me, not them.” Let the word be a light to your own path and quit worrying about what the other guy is doing and being called to do. See the value in the purpose to which God has called you, whether or not anyone knows your name. What matters is that the Father knows your name and, even more important, that when we stand before Him, we hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Blessings and Shalom,