Though separated by tribe, decades, and callings, both Aaron and King Saul, acted out the same sin.
They both received detailed instructions on how to lead the people of Israel.
For King Saul, annihilating the evil and ruthless Amalaketies and their land, and for Aaron, the High Priest–to wait patiently with the people of Israel, govern, and take care of the people till Moses came down from the mount with God.
They had a choice.
Instead of honoring God, they gave into the harassment of the people, and fell prey to what God calls: “The fear of man.”
They wanted to appease the people and make them like them.
They let the people have what they want even at the expense of disobeying God.
The prophet Samuel said it best:
“To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken rather than the fat of rams. Rebellion is the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:22).
Fear of man caused them both to be ineffective leaders. Rather than delegating and governing the way God intended, they succumbed to the pressure of the people.
But fear of man, I realized, is far deeper than that.
What would make anyone disobey God because their afraid of what people may think, feel or say or do?
Insecurity causes you to question who God called you to be.
Insecurity is when you are not secure in what God has called you to be, or who He has made you to be.
Not fully accepting God’s call on their lives affected their ability to assume responsibility over the people. The core issue is: both believed they were were not worthy of their call.
Insecurity led them to disobey God’s instructions. It caused their hearts to become weak and crumble under the pressure of the people.
Their disobedience, though fueled by insecurities, is still disobedience. God instructed and confirmed them in their call, but they did not allow God to confirm His worth, value, and respect for them in their hearts.
You can be called to be a king or a priest–but you need to have a change of heart so you can receive and grow in the call and position God has given you.
What could fear of man cost you?
Well, their disobedience costs them their inheritance.
King Saul, lost his crown and it was given to someone stronger in spirit and character–a little well known shepherd boy–David (1 Samuel 15:28).
Have a change of heart first, before you can receive the abundant grace God has for you to lead His people into victory.
And Aaron’s weakness, cost him from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12).
Are you afraid of what people may think if you take your authority, take your place and assert yourself in the things of God?
Are you afraid to go after your dreams because of what people may say?
Whether it be..
Who does she think she is?
It doesn’t take all that to praise God…
Why is she in that position, ha! I could do better than her!!
Is their shade, their cruelty, their betrayal and rudeness toward you worth missing out on the fufillment of God’s Promises and losing the position of authority God has for you in this world? Is it worth it?
Regardless of persecution, obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
No matter what God tells you to do, whatever it looks like or sounds, always listen to and obey Him alone.
Never be afraid of displeasing people. At the end of the day, God holds you accountable, and you alone for your obedience toward Him. He also provides the source of courage and strength to take a stand for Him, despite the negativity and opposition you may face. People may try to attack you or even kill you for standing with God. But whoever contends with you contends with The Almighty Creator. And no one can withstand Him. If God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:38).
Don’t give in to the temptation of being like everyone else. You are created to be different and uniquely designed to carry out a particular assignment that will give you joy and bring God all the glory. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. Know it (Psalm 139).
Don’t give into the temptation of being liked by everyone. God is your source. God and you ARE the majority. With God nothing is impossible. Those same people who looked down, ridiculed you or pressured you into rejecting and disobeying Gods Word will come around and see His glory through you. It could even mean the salvation of their souls.
No matter what He tells you to do, obey the voice of The Holy Spirit.
But, the question is, how can I obey God? Let me give you an example that we can take comfort in:
David. The youngest son of Jesse, the Bethelmite, was tending sheep for his father, till one day God told the prophet Samuel (the same one who anointed King Saul years earlier) to anoint him king of Israel.
God chose David because He knew the tender nature of David’s heart.
David trusted God. He had a relationship with God. He knew God would always be there for Him. He knew God would always have his back.
He also provides the source of courage and strength to take a stand for Him, despite the negativity and opposition you may face.
And God knew David would obey and follow Him, wholeheartedly..like a little child. Even when he didn’t understand, God knew David would continue trusting Him till his death.
God desires that for us too.
God desires for us to obey Him and follow after God with a pure, sincere, willing, loving, faithful heart. He wants for us to become His friends and trust His direction and correction with faith.
He loves us and desires the best for us. The only way we can get there is by faithful, long and diligent obedience.
That is why God wants you and I to have a change of heart, so it will enable us to stand for Him and in His Will, Call, and Place for us.
God’s best will always be hard to stand on, for God’s truth challenges the life of those around us..sometimes including our own. It defys all this world’s logic and common sense. But know by His Wisdom all things were created. His wisdom brought about salvation through Jesus Christ to us. His Wisdom is The Only Wisdom that will last (cite, the wisdom of this world) . And yes, obeying Him can be controversial, hard, and may cause you to give up friends, or even family. But obeying God faithfully will always be worth while.
Jesus says in Matthew 19:29,
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
He always rewards anyone’s faithfulness to Him. Yes, even you. So, look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is able to perform all that He promised you and I. No matter what you think, or what they think, always obey God Holy Word, always follow the prompting of the Spirit, for He promises He will reveal His goodness, and reward us with blessings we do not even have room enough to receive (Malachi 3:10).
And the best part of all:
We will come through that test, loving Him and trusting Him more completely than before.
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” (Job 13:15)
“But He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).
You will come through this time of testing too, like sparkling gold.
May He continue to help you, and give you the courage to listen to His Spirit and obey Him, even in the presence of man. Hallelujah to the Lamb!
I love you all.
*Today’s Scriptures have been taken from NIV Bible Translations*