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Solutions Are Not Always Easy (Numbers 16:23-27)

Introductory Thoughts

Sometimes the right decisions are the easiest to see and the most difficult to make. In the case of Korah’s rebellion, many of the people at that time recognized the ease of making the right decision. The person who understood and saw God’s impending judgment knew that the only proper solution was the one offered by the Lord—separate from the tents of the rebels. The proper solution was also quite easy to perform. However, there were many family members of these men involved in the rebellion who had to make a difficult choice. The solution was made known unto them, the details were clear, but their choices were not easy. Why? The right decision involved walking away from a father and family whom they may have loved dearly. According to the psalms, at least some of the sons of Korah chose to do the right thing and separate from their family.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): King Asa wanted to serve the Lord. To do so, he had to make a choice that was not easy (1 Kings 15:11, 13). The widow woman made a difficult decision when asked to give away her last meal. God blessed her for it (1 Kings 17:8-16).
  • (For everyone): What determines whether or not something is a right solution? Does ease of choice determine the scriptural nature of a solution? Is the proper solution always easy?
  • Put yourself in the place of Korahs sons. What would have crossed your mind in deciding whether or not to walk away from your father? How did God bless their choice to do right?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to give you courage to choose right.
  • Thank God for giving you understanding as to right solutions.