…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31
Sunday morning before church I decided to go for a run on my dreadmill, I mean treadmill. But… I shorted it out! (Maybe I’m just too fast for it?! HA! But one can dream right!) Anyway, I decided to take my run outside.
Now the last time I was running outside I came up on an owl and only saw it just as it flew away but it had been at eye level!! I was so disappointed that I had missed getting so close to it and yet not really seeing it until it was too late!! (O.ur W.ise L.ord said, don’t worry, OWL OWLways love you anyways.) I prayed again to not miss God’s hand in all things but to have eyes that see and ears that perceive His faithful presence all around me (Matt. 13:16).
So embarking on my run this Sunday morning with that memory fresh in my mind I started out with intentionally tuned eyes and ears hoping not to miss owls or whatever amazing thing God might think to bring me!!
When my eyes fell on about a four foot snake skin in the grass to the side of the running trail I was ecstatic!! Not only to have not missed His treasure find for me that early morning but also over the love note I felt attached (yes, only God could make me see a disgusting snake skin as a love note.) It was.. only the devil should be jumpin’ out of his skin in fear – not you dear child.
Funny that just that morning I was to teach a lesson in kids church about Moses! You know the guy that wondered in the desert and actually has a crazy snake scene of his own!! Let’s look at Numbers 21:1-9. (You know I brought it in to church too – who doesn’t appreciate a good hands on lesson right!)
Looking at verses 1-5 it might seem crazy how fast they went from such heights of success to the depths of complaining but can’t we be the same way?! How quickly we forget His faithful blessings and provisions as soon as we hit an uncomfortable speed bump!
Verse 6 here come the snakes… Sometimes God has to shake us up a bit with a few speed bumps or we will go careening straight toward a destruction of our own doing! Well the snakes sure got everyone’s attention (verse 7) and God showed great mercy toward their repentant hearts.
In verses 8-9 God tells Moses to make a replica of one of those poisonous snakes and attach it to a pole and all who are bitten would live if they simply looked at it!!! Crazy right, but it worked!! Those who simple obeyed were healed!!!
Look at John 3:14-16. Jesus says, And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
The Israelite’s at the time may not have understood the deeper meaning as they looked up at the poisonous snake and where healed of their sickness but in Jesus we find all the answers (Col. 2:2-3).
ANYONE who chooses to look to Jesus’ death up on the cross and believe He is the atoning sacrifice for their sins will be healed of the poisonous sickness of sin. See, it wasn’t the snake that healed the Israelite’s it was their expression of faith in God through their obedience to follow His instruction.
It is just that simple… we must only believe in Jesus as our personal God and Savior to be saved and live eternally in His unshakable Kingdom.
So the devil, that evil snake, was defeated when Jesus died and rose again from the grave! He knows his time is short and will do anything to bring us down with him but, You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
So fix your eyes on Jesus the victorious One (Heb. 12:2) and know the only one jumpin’ out of his skin in fear should be the enemy, not you dear one, not you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7 Praise the mighty victorious name of Jesus!
Independent read: Psalm 27:1