“And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.”
Aaron came to a time in his life when God did something with which he most likely disagreed. When Aaron’s boys offered a strange fire to God, He didn’t consult him about what to do; instead, God killed them. Moses’ immediately reminded Aaron not to uncover his head or rend his garments because he would incur God’s wrath if he did so.
This incident in Aaron’s life is a great lesson of what to do when God doesn’t consult you about a situation in your life. There will be times when God and you disagree; in those times of disagreement, you need to follow the advice given to Aaron to keep from becoming bitter. Let me share with you this advice so that you don’t let the actions where you disagree with God cause you to become bitter.
First, acknowledge that God is right. You may not agree with God, but your agreement with God doesn’t change that He is right. The first thing you are going to have to remind yourself is that, though you don’t understand God, you know that He is right. Until you understand God’s actions, you need to acknowledge in your spirit that He is right.
Second, guard your spirit against a bad attitude. Many Christians may not sin in action when they disagree with God, but they do sin in spirit. A disgruntled spirit with God when you disagree with Him is no different from pointing your finger at God. Don’t let your spirit be the seed which leads to bitterness.
Third, realize Who you represent. In spite of Aaron’s broken heart, he still represented God. You may disagree with God, but never forget you still represent Him to many others. Don’t let your disagreement with God spill over and influence others to grow bitter towards Him. Your actions do have consequences, and you must guard your spirit against affecting your disposition, which may influence others to turn from God.
Fourth, don’t let your disagreement give you an excuse to sin. Many Christians have allowed their disagreement with God to move them to do wrong as a way to retaliate towards Him. My friend, be careful about allowing your disagreement to turn into rebellion.
Fifth, don’t change what you are supposed to do. Aaron was to continue doing his daily routines, and you would be wise to continue doing what you are supposed to do. Don’t start dropping ministry responsibilities because of your disagreement with God. You will have many “good” excuses as to why you want to drop your ministry responsibilities, but you know in your heart that your desire to drop these responsibilities are nothing more than pouting because you didn’t get your way. The only way you are going to work through your disagreement is to continue doing what you were doing before you disagreed with God.
Sixth, keep doing right. Don’t let God’s actions become the excuse for bitterness. God is right, and you must realize that He is doing what He knows is best, and it may not be for your best. Don’t make life about you. Keep doing right, and one day you will find in God’s timing that what He did is really for your best as well.