NUMBERS 32 LESSONS: BE HUMBLE & EXPLAIN YOURSELF
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*NUMBERS 32 LESSONS: BE HUMBLE & EXPLAIN YOURSELF*
_Key Bible Text:_
*"They approached Moses and said, "First, allow us to build stone enclosures here for our sheep and fortified towns for our dependents. Then we will be ready to go with the other Israelites into battle and lead the attack until we have settled them in the land that will be theirs. In the meantime, our dependents can live here in the fortified towns, safe from the people of this land."*
(Numbers 32:16-17 (GNB))
If you have been following this series on lessons from the Book of Numbers 32, you must have seen the length Moses went in warning and speaking almost harshly against the Children of Gad and Reuben. He did so for their best interest because a 40-year mistake is not a small one. It is one that never should be repeated. So he was in order. More importantly however, is the response of the Children of Gad and Reuben.
The first thing to be observed is that they did not feel like Moses was being too stern or too loud or unnecessarily quick to correct them. Rather, they humbled themselves and approached Moses with a win-win approach to the situation, a situation that could become very disturbing if not well handled. The fact that they thought of a way to have the land and still go ahead with their fellows to fight, shows how serious and visionary they were.
Sometimes, when people oppose our views and are quick to try to correct us, without first hearing us out, rather than quickly pick offense, listen to them and after hearing out what they have to say, go ahead and explain yourself. Your explanation will reveal how you have even thought through the situation and have decided to take a more win-win or other successful approaches.
Be humble. Take instructions. Take corrections. And more importantly be willing to explain yourself especially to people that deserve to know. Never feel too big to explain yourself to people that matter- your spouse, your superiors, your colleagues, your parents, your in-laws, etc.
*"Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning."* (Proverbs 9:8-9 (KJV))
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