This morning, I was reading the story of Korah in Numbers 16. Remember him? He's the one who got a following of others and came to Moses and Aaron and demanded,
"[Enough of you!] You take too much upon yourselves, seeing that all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you lift yourselves up above the assembly of the Lord?"
There was a showdown between them and God, Moses & Aaron...and Korah, Dathan & Abiram and their households were swallowed up in the earth.
The next day...the congregation came back murmuring against Moses & Aaron, "You have killed the people of the Lord."
God was angry and began sending a plague among the people. Moses instructed Aaron to take a censor with fire from the altar and incense upon it among the people to stop the plague. The plague was stopped...but not before 14,700 people were killed.
I think there are so many lessons in this story, but I want to make this point: Be careful who you partner with. It only takes one person in rebellion to start a revolt against God. I've seen it a lot lately. Mothers who are in rebellion and lead their adult children into rebellion. Church members who lead a rebellion against leadership. Dads who rebel and destroy their families. Young people who rebel and destroy their lives. Lots of rebellion going on...still. And just because we're not seeing the earth open up and swallow people doesn't mean God's not angry.
The person we need to be partnering with is GOD! If you're not partnering with Him, who are you partnering with? And why? And the only way to know if you're partnering with Him is to be in the Word and know what His desires are.
Be careful with whom you're partnering. It can mean life or death.