Read Numbers 17
It started long before this. The people complained about the way God did stuff. They wanted meat when all they had was manna. They grumbled when they couldn’t find water. All the people of Israel could see was what they did not have.
The seed of discontent had been growing for a long, long time. It had taken root among the people and grown into disbelief that landed them a 40-year trip around the desert until their entire generation died off. (See Numbers 14.) It went through Miriam. Then Aaron. It took the form of gossip and grumbling about the way Moses led.
When Korah and Dathan took hold of that seed, they convinced others to join the discontentment camp and spread jealous disregard for God’s calling on Aaron. His call to serve God in His tabernacle as a priest. So God opened up the earth and swallowed Korah whole. He cleared the camp of the discontent leaders by moving His hand.
Still, the people grumbled. They blamed Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the people of the LORD” (Num. 16:41). As if they could pull that one off!
In all truth, God did not need to prove Himself to anyone. He had shown His miraculous and almighty hand more times than the Israelites could count. Still, he would affirm His choice of Aaron before this discontent bunch. “(T)he staff of the man whom I choose shall sprout. Thus I will make to cease from me the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you” (v. 5).
Twelve men marked twelve staffs and laid them before the ark in which God Himself abided. And God delivered more than His promise had revealed. “The staff of Aaron for the house of Levi . . . sprouted . . . put forth buds . . . produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds” (v. 8).
Not Moses. Not Aaron. God was the One who’d chosen Aaron for the priesthood. A gift to Aaron and his family, to serve in front of His altar. The holy place where generation after generation would go to make atonement for the people.
It had been God’s choice alone.
God is still the One who chooses His servants for service, gifting each according to His purpose. And that gifting comes by His Spirit which He gives when we trust Him as Lord. Each calling, every gift for the glory of Himself.
How has He gifted you? Are you letting Him use it for His glory?