And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.
Numbers 11:17 (ESV)
In the English Standard Version, Numbers Chapter 11 verses 1-15 is entitled “The People Complain” and, guess what, it is the story of the Israelites complaining (not for the first time, btw) about the manna or food that God was giving to them.
Manna, as described in the Bible, is “like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium“. Every morning manna comes down from heaven for all the Israelites to collect for each household and consume for the day. At end of day, all leftovers go stale. The next morning, God provides a new and fresh supply. Here’s the deal, it’s EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN for FREE!
So why did the Israelites complain?
I don’t know. Ask yourself, why do we complain about the long line in the fast food joint when someone doesn’t even have money to buy himself a piece of bread? Why do we complain that the aircon temperature is too cold when in the fields, the farmers are trying to salvage their crops from the drought?
Anyway, the people complained so hard that Moses got tired and so he also
cried out complained to the Lord. “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? “ (v.11) Sounds like a person on the verge of burn out.
This election season, may we consider that whoever wins as Philippine President, a time/times will come when he or she will battle with burn out.
God’s answer to Moses and perhaps to every leader: People to help to carry the load.
One man or woman can’t solve everything alone. He or she needs other men and women to carry out the burdensome task of leading a nation with 100% track record of complaining and whining.
In our time, who are these people? Are they the Cabinet Secretaries? The Senators or the Congressmen? They are part of it but ordinary citizens like you and me are not excluded. I believe that each one of us has been delegated with the task to help our leader, whoever he or she IS and WILL BE, to carry this nation towards the “Promised Land”.
You don’t need to be in a government position to help carry the burden. Ikaw mismo, kung hindi ka magpapabigat ay isa nang malaking tulong sa bayan.
How can you NOT be a burden?
- Follow traffic rules.
- Keep right.
- Stop when the light is red. Even when there is no one looking.
- Use the pedestrian crossing or the foot bridge. Even if you have to walk a few meters more.
- Fall in line. And learn to wait.
- Obey the law. Even if it is inconvenient.
- Throw your garbage in its proper place. Even that tiny candy wrapper.
- Stop spitting saliva just everywhere.
- Stop smoking. If you can’t resist, do it in proper places not in public areas where a lot of people are being exposed to your 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.
- Do not load and unload where there is NO loading and unloading sign.
- Too many to mention.
Simple things, yes? But we still can’t seem to follow suit.
We shouldn’t throw all the burden to our President, MOST ESPECIALLY IF WE ARE THE BURDEN. Let’s be willing to take our share. Ask the Lord to give you His Spirit and empower you to become a responsible citizen. You want change? It starts with you. With us.
You claim your Presidential bet is the most qualified? Check first if you are already a qualified follower. After all, what is a leader without any followers?