Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
Bearing Unbearable People
I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.
Numbers 11:14 (NKJV)
Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.
Numbers 11:17 (NKJV)
Moses found his people unbearable. At certain times, Jesus seemed to agree. 'O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you' (Mark 9:19, ESV).**

Surely, neither Moses nor Jesus sinned by expressing their deep disappointment at the faithless behaviors around them. Then and now, God's Spirit is the Answer. Consider:

1) Moses was surrounded by complainers. Not just that, but tending to God's people during their exodus was a huge job. God's answer? To give His Holy Spirit to certain men who could assist Moses.

2) On certain occasions, the work of Christ was hampered by deadening faithlessness: people preventing their own miracles. God's answer? To give His Holy Spirit... which would only happen when Jesus died.

God's Own Spirit will give us the power...

* To peacefully coexist with grumblers,
* To show wisdom and grace under pressure,
* To work miracles, even here and now,
* And to bear with unbearable people.

Bearing Unbearable People (Part 6)

** I would love for you to read 19th century Bible scholar Alexander MacLaren's exposition on Mark 9:19 (O faithless generation...). It is wonderful! https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mark/9-19.htm

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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