|Should You Ever Turn Your Back On People?
By Greg Sanders
Turn your back on people? Turning away from people does not seem like a very spiritual thing to do. Aren’t we supposed to embrace people, love people, and pursue people? The answer is obviously yes. However, if you spend your whole life with your face towards people, much of what you see will be distracting, disheartening, and detrimental to the real task that God has placed in your hands.
Moses had the task of leading the people of God through some difficult times and some difficult places. To make matters worse, the people were quick to complain and to blame. Everything Moses saw going on among the people would be enough to make even the most determined leader question their ability. Look how Moses responded:
Numbers 20:6 Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the lord appeared to them,
Sometimes the most Spiritual thing you can do is to turn away from people and to turn toward God. When everything you see is weakening your faith and your resolve then realize you need to stop looking at people and start looking to the One who called you. Three things happened when Moses turned away from people.
•When Moses turned from the people, he discovered the presence of God in a powerful way. It is hard to embrace the glory of God when you are fixated on the problems of today.
• When Moses turned from the people, God gave him specific answers on how to deal with the problems that had been wearing him down.
•When Moses turned from the people of God, God enabled him to work in a way that was beyond the natural.
If you read the rest of the story, you will find that when Moses turned back to the people he did not like what he saw. He allowed his anger to get the best of him. Remember, when you find yourself overwhelmed by what you see, turn to the One who is the answer.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that often the best way to face the obstacle in your life head on is to first turn your back on them and face the Lord. What you discover in His presence will give you the power to face and conquer what seems to be impossible.