Today's devotion from Numbers 16.
As chapter 16 opens, we meet Korah, a Levite, who partners with three men from the tribe of Reuben to pull together a rebellion led by 250 influential Israelites. Why do these men turn against Moses? Their accusations reveal their hearts, "You have gone too far! Everyone in the entire community is holy, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?" (Numbers 16:3, CSB)
Moses' words seem to have identified the problem, "Now listen, Levites! Isn't it enough for you..." God had given the Israelites a a special calling among all the people, but these in this rebellion were not content. Then, Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, but they evidenced the same jealousy in refusing to come to Moses and using those same loaded words..."is it not enough."
Jealousy is an evil enemy. It robs us of the reality of the blessing in front of us by diverting our attention from God's glorious grace to our self-perceived "worth." It leads us from God into the darkness of ourselves. It warps our vision so that we can no longer see the blessing of our place in the "us" of God's family, but only the competition of "others." For this reason, it is more than fitting that our reading concludes today with the rebels gathering and the glory of God appearing. The two cannot coexist. Only one can and will be glorified.
The temptation of comparison is present in our lives today as well. We might compare ourselves to other preachers, larger churches, or more well-known Christians. But the issue does not just exist in leadership. Everyone is a potential target for jealousy. There is incredible stress placed on us to meet unrealistic expectations in every area of life. From how we parent to the car we drive, every facet of our lives is subject to jealousy's attack.
Maybe today we need to ask ourselves instead of others, "Isn't it enough?" If you are finding your place in God's plan, then the answer is "yes."