Mountain Top High to Valley Disaster

Have you ever experienced a spiritual high only to find yourself in the valley of despond? Aaron as the new High Priest faced this. His sons, who had been consecrated, presented strange fire before the Lord and instantly were consumed by the fire from God. Events like this bring this question to mind: where is your God of mercy? This is a fair question and the answer is that God is just. He requires holiness whether you are laity or leader.

Aaron might have asked; wasn’t my sin greater? After all, I was the one who made the golden calf. Further—I lied to Moses. We ask, why did God not strike him and why did God strike Nadab and Abihu?  They, like Aaron, were consecrated and now were in a higher position and more accountable as leaders. They were to be holy as God for they stood in the place of God before His servants and were next in line for the High Priest. But, presumptuously they failed to realize that to trifle with sin is to experience “the wages of sin is death,” just as later in the case of Ananias and Sapphira.

Aaron’s sons were consecrated and anointed placing them in a privileged position; thus more accountable as leaders. They were to be holy as God for they stood in the place of God before His servants and were next in line for the High Priest job at Aaron’s death. But, presumptuously they failed to realize that to trifle with sin is to experience “the wages of sin is death,” just as later in the case of Ananias and Sapphira.

As then, so now, we can’t rely on our spiritual high experience. There comes a time when we must return to the valley and it is there that our arch enemy, Satan,  who seeks to devour, has already planned his next attack. Are you prepared?