Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Forks in the Road

"Our father died in the desert. He was not among Korah's followers, who banded together against the LORD, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father's name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father's relatives."

So Moses brought their case before the LORD and the LORD said to him, "What Zelophehad's daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father's relatives and turn their father's inheritance over to them. – Numbers 27: 3-7

It is interesting to see how Moses handled tough decisions. Earlier on there was a question about celebrating Passover. One of the people was ceremonially unclean but the rule was that everyone was to celebrate Passover.

What did Moses do? He called a huddle with God to get direction.

There was another scenario where someone got caught doing work on the Sabbath. The law said this was punishable by death; however, this was the first offense. Clearly the people were uneasy about this.

Again, what did Moses do? He called a huddle with God to get direction

We see him doing the same thing here.

In the case of the Passover and the example above God gave clarification that changed Moses’ course of action.

In the Sabbath example… thrown rocks… rough game.

But what I see here in Moses’ actions is the importance of being humble and honest when the next step is unclear.

There are moments in life where it seems like we don’t have direction or a specific path. I’m sure it is great to be one of those people who have always known what they wanted to be.

Most of us aren’t so lucky.

There will be many forks in the road as we journey along the path of life. Some of these forks will be clearly marked, showing us what lies down each path. Others won’t be.

If in these moments we acknowledge our confusion, take a step back, and seek help we will be better off.

This takes patience, but the right answer is worth the wait. Otherwise we end up like Israel.

It’s no fun to realize after years of walking that you haven’t gone anywhere. Swallow your pride and ask for help.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 26-27; Mark 8: 1-21


  1. Let's take it a step further --- what do we do POST huddle? Humility is also recognizing that you don't know the answer (which is why you sought counsel in the first place) AND having the gumption to do what you are told. Not always easy to do.

  2. Very True! I was hoping folk would pick up on that. :).

    It is definitely challenging but there is a certain momentum to it. The more we let go of the ego the easier it becomes.

  3. Dude, I just had an exercise in this very thing. One of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. Letting go is HARD.


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