Hold Your Peace
Nadab and Abihu were killed by
the Lord for offering profane fire. It was unfortunate that the sons of Aaron
did not know to walk in reverence before the Lord, but the part of the story
that always impressed me was Aaron’s reaction.
...so Aaron held his peace. (Lev 10:3b)
I do not
believe that this could have been easy. Even though his children were wrong, as
a father, Aaron must have grieved the loss of his two eldest sons. But Aaron
held his peace.
after God spoke the following message to him:
those who come near Me
must be regarded as holy;
before all the people
must be glorified. (Lev 10:3a)
able to say "Amen" to this in his heart and acknowledge God's
sovereignty. There were most likely days when he was reminded that God used
fire to consume his children, perhaps bringing forth fresh feelings of sorrow.
But Aaron continued to hold his peace, and therefore was able to stay at his
post and to continue his service before the Lord.
of great pain, how do we actively hold our peace from day to day? When things
are not going the way we think they should, it can be easier for us to turn
against God and hold it against Him. However, in the midst of Aaron's grief, he
accepted that God was just and had the right to do as He willed.
fully and completely surrendered before God because he understood his place
before God. Let us also continually remind ourselves that God is on His throne.
This conviction will humble us but at the same time serve as a source of
strength needed to face each coming day.
Questions for Reflection
there any events in your life that may cause you to become angry and bitter at
can we learn from Aaron to accept God’s sovereignty and ultimate authority in