And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. 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. And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
Neither father nor brother were to mourn the deaths of Nadab and Abihu because the implication would be that God was unfair.
Ezekiel was another who was told not to mourn when, as an illustration to the people, God took his wife (Ezekiel 24). “Righteous and true are Thy judgments, O Lord,” say the multitudes in Heaven (see Revelation 19:2), seeing the full picture, understanding that God’s ways are absolutely perfect and without fail.
This side of eternity, our vision is so very limited. Yet even that which appears to be a tragedy to us is part of a bigger plan. After all, do you think Ezekiel and his wife are in Heaven right now feeling cheated that her life on earth was cut short, or do you think they’re blown away by the goodness of God in allowing her to partake of the unspeakable splendor of Heaven early? When you go through a hard time, a setback, or a tragedy, it is oh, so easy to suck sympathy from people, but you always do so at the expense of God’s reputation.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.