Our Defender – Numbers 12:1-5

“Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married…And the LORD heard it. Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, ‘Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.’ And the three of them came out. And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward.” Numbers 12:1-5

 The Lord acts as our defender. Moses was “very meek” and did not rise to defend himself; he trusted vindication from the Lord. It came swiftly. God called out Aaron and Miriam for speaking out against His chosen servant, the leader of His people.

What I see in this passage is this: we can trust God to be faithful as our defender. He sees all that happens. He understands the effects on us. He knows the questions and hurts and fears in our heart, the injustice we feel. And He will deal with all wrongs. Nothing will go without His notice and action. God will either send out judgment on those who do not know Him, or He will convict and discipline those who have been covered in grace through the blood of Christ. One way or another, each will be held accountable.

The challenge for us is to trust Him in this. Especially if vindication doesn’t come in the way we want or expect it to. We may not even see it. But we need to let go of matters and give them to our mighty, righteous God. To pray sincerely, pouring out our heart and surrendering to His will regarding the situation. It’s much easier said than done, but He will be faithful. Sometimes He will call us to act; other times He will call us to be still and rely on Him. In every response, He acts in wisdom, strength, and love.

Lord, strengthen our hearts to believe this. May our faith be such that we don’t carry the weight of vindication or feel the need to constantly rise to our own defense, but that we look to You and follow Your leading. If we speak, may it be in love and steadfast faith. If we act, may it be in Your wisdom and understanding, not ours. Help us not to take this knowledge of You as Defender to justify laziness and apathy, but rather to increase our faith in and dependence on You. We wait for You, and rejoice in Your Word that assures us of Your faithfulness. “No one has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty” (Deuteronomy 33:26).

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