One day Korah conspired with Dathan, Abiram and On to incite a rebellion against Moses. (Numbers 16:3- They went to Moses and Aaron and said, “We have had enough of your presumption; you are no better than anyone else; everyone in Israel has been chosen of the Lord, and He is with all of us. What right do you have to put yourselves forward, claiming that we must obey you, and acting as though you were greater than anyone else among all these people of the Lord?”) Yes, everyone was chosen by the Lord and He was with all of them, but God gave specific tasks to each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Moses and Aaron weren’t lifting themselves up, God gave them their position. They said they were tired of Moses’ presumption— behavior perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate, but (Numbers 12:3- Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) They were the presumptuous ones.
They were jealous and like Keri Hilson said “jealousy’s the ugliest trait.” (Galatians 6:4- But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another.) (Numbers 16:8-10- Then Moses spoke again to Korah: “Does it seem a small thing to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the people of Israel to be near to himself as you work in the Tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the people to minister to them? Is it nothing to you that he has given this task to only you Levites? And now are you demanding the priesthood also?) If they were focused on their own work, they wouldn’t have even had time to worry about what everyone else is doing.
They thought of their job as common and began looking over the fence, but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. We have a habit of looking at other people’s lives through rose colored glasses—seeing something in a positive way, often thinking of it as better than it actually is. We don’t know why that person has the position they have, what sacrifice they made to get where they are, etc. This story reminded me to stay in my own lane, be content where God has me and focus on the task He’s given me. Any task that God gives us should give us personal satisfaction and inner joy. If God told you to do something don’t be discouraged because many people are already doing it. One Kingdom, many vessels and God gets the increase. You can be doing the same task as someone else, but your lane is different from theirs.
Comparison kills. It caused them to speak against Moses and Aaron and they sinned at the cost of their lives. Not just their lives, but their wives and sons and little ones too. Sometimes it’s not just you that’s affected by your sin.