Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 20, 2017

The Snake

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:51 pm

Numbers 21:4-9 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. (NIV)

 To learn this lesson we must read and meditate on the entire paragraph.  The Hebrews, after experiencing many miracle of God, were complaining.  They were looking back to the land of sin where they had become comfortable.  God needed to get their attention.  He wanted them to not only look to Him but also to trust Him.  The snake on the pole was to get them to look up.  Our question we must ask and answer for ourselves is who do we look to for our source?  When we first notice a problem do we look to our own human wisdom?  Do we look to another person?  Do we look to some kind of drug or food?  Our first response to any situation should be to look to God.  When we look to God first He will guide us through our problem.  He may send us a friend or He may tell us directly what to do.  The main thing is for us first to take our problem to God without complaint but with faith and thanksgiving for His faithfulness, grace and mercy to guide and provide for us through everything He allows to pass through His hands to us.


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