I became extra-fond of Moses this week.

God used Moses’ example in Numbers 12 to unexpectedly encourage this heart of mine.

The chapter begins with Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sister and brother, talking against Moses and verbally attacking him. This account wasn’t new to me. But, what stopped me in my tracks was verse 3…

“(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)”

I knew Moses was humble, but what I didn’t catch before was why this sentence was placed where it was, in parentheses, nonetheless.

After being verbally attacked, Moses kept quiet. He didn’t defend himself. He allowed God to do that for him.

Oh, the beauty of that right there.

And, did God ever defend him!

My Bible Study Fellowship notes added to this truth. It’s copyrighted, so I can’t reproduce it, but I’ll do my best to re-write it in my own words…

What’s your response when those you trust and care about attack you? It’s sometimes easier to deal with attacks from those who are adversaries of you and Jesus, but it’s a different story when they originate from those who are near and dear to us–co-workers, brothers or sisters in Christ, or even those in our own families.

Oh yes. That’s an entirely different story.

Friends, I have been on the receiving end of attacks and misrepresentations from near ones. I imagine it’s quite possible you have too, or someone you know.

Not so long ago, some whom I loved, whom I served God alongside of, whom I considered my brothers and sisters in Christ, blind-sided me with similar attacks.

It was the last thing I ever expected.

Even though God protected me by pulling me out of that ugly situation, I’ve continued to second-guess why I didn’t stand up for myself.

Why didn’t I do a better job of defending myself?

Why did I stay so silent?

After Numbers 12, I’m no longer questioning why. The answer is right there.

I didn't need to defend myself

I didn’t need to defend myself. My Defender was quite capable of doing it for me.

Maybe today you’re finding yourself in a place of personal attack. Not only of attack, but from someone close to your heart. It appears to have come out of nowhere. You’re hurt. You don’t understand. You want to lash back. You want to set the record straight.

Believe me, I know the feeling.

But I caution you, friend. Before you act, seek God. Allow Him to guide you. If He wants you to speak, He’ll let you know. If He doesn’t, the words won’t come. He’ll work it out as He has planned.

You’re His. He’ll defend you.

As He did with Moses.silence

Silence. Sometimes that’s more powerful than any words we could ever say.

 

Julie

 

Linking up with Kelly for #RaRaLinkup and Holly for #TestimonyTuesday. I encourage you to check out the encouragement at both. And because my schedule didn’t allow me to write a new post, I’m also linking up with Meredith for #Woman2Woman and Inspire Me Monday.

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