The reading for today is Numbers 16:21 KJV.
"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
This verse reminds me of a billboard I saw and loved: "DON'T MAKE ME COME DOWN THERE! (signed) GOD. It's not a good idea for anyone to provoke the Lord, and in this instance, He was greatly provoked. He was tired of the sin and impiety He witnessed. God was tired of their complaining that they were not in a land of milk and honey but stuck wandering in the wilderness. Korah had gathered 250 men of renown to separate themselves from the congregation of Israel and rise up against Moses and Aaron.
Despite Moses's warnings, they did not desist. God wanted Moses and Aaron to remain unhurt when He was ready to rain down His wrath upon the others, so He told them to leave.
Have you ever found yourself in a group of what my mother would call, "not the best of company?" As a youngster, wanting to belong, I certainly have. As I've matured (and matured and matured) however, I've been able to separate myself from them more easily and more readily. In one of my early work environments, I had a supervisor who constantly used foul language. It made me cringe, but I was too timid to complain, and I really needed the job, so in a few months God took over and had her transferred! There have been many instances when God did for me what I couldn't seem to do for myself.
It seems we accept as "normal," especially in the media, the use of horribly foul words, blatant sexual activity, violence, gossip, racial and political slurs, constant sarcasm (root word meaning tearing of flesh) --- can we separate ourselves from the things which are obviously not pleasing to the Lord?
Most patient and forgiving Father, may we as your children listen to your fatherly advice and have the strength to separate ourselves from those things and people harmful to our very souls, that we are not consumed by Your wrath. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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Prayer concern: Those who feel lost, physically, spiritually or mentally.