Sibling Rivalry - Miriam's Jealousy - Numbers 12
If we don't deal with bad attitudes quickly, they can turn into life-damaging emotions.
When I read about Miriam's life, I wonder if the jealousy at the end of her life (Numbers 12) began when Moses was rescued by the Pharaoh's daughter (Exodus 2:1-10).
She was a faithful older sister guarding her newborn brother and cleverly arranging for her mother to nurse him.
But what did she think when he grew up enjoying the opulent luxury of Pharoah's palace while she lived as a slave? Did the roots of jealousy begin there?
Being jealous of siblings, co-workers, or friends is a sign of distrust in God. We can't be faithful to God's plans and purposes in our lives when we're busy coveting the gifts and opportunities of others (See Acts 17:26-28).
Miriam had a special role in the Exodus of God's people (Micah 6:4), but she wasn't content. She wanted her brother's role.
Let's not make the same mistake. Let's deal with any areas of discontent and jealousy so we can enjoy God's specific plans for our lives.