3/9: A Great Shot


Sometimes my friends and I would tease about God hitting us with lightening if we said or did something wrong. As soon as the offense was committed, the rest of us would take a giant step backward so we wouldn’t be hit by the bolt we knew was certain to be coming.

We weren’t so far off from the truth of what God did do to some folks in the Old Testament. In Numbers, chapter 16, we read about a guy named Korah who “rose up before Moses” and “with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation… they gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?’” (verses 2-3, NKJ)

Well, of course, neither Moses nor God were very pleased with this rebellion. Korah and his followers were basically challenging God’s choice of leadership, wanting to put themselves in Moses’ place. Moses told them, “You and all your company are gathered together against the Lord” (verse 11).

Then God told Moses and Aaron, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment” (verse 21). Moses saw that God’s wrath was about to fall on the whole congregation of the children of Israel, so he fell on his face in prayer for God’s mercy on the rebels. God then gave the people a choice as to whose side they were on. Korah and his followers stood to one side and Moses and his followers stood on another. Then it happened. First, “the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly” (verses 32-33). Then “a fire came out from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense” (verse 35).

God has not operated with actual, physical lightening bolts lately, but don’t put it past His wrath to be able to pour out his displeasure on our sin. We must not take lightly the truth that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). We can, however, choose to confess our sin and accept Christ’s forgiveness, thus placing us on Moses’ side, out of the way of God’s righteous anger and in the sphere of His amazing love.

God’s justice must punish sin. Never forget that He’s a great shot.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 9, 2013.

2 Responses to “3/9: A Great Shot”

  1. […] Recommended Article FROM https://sanewriter.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/39-a-great-shot/ […]

  2. ” A Great Shot,” indeed. God will punish us, to get his attention.

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