"9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." (Numbers 21:9 KJV)
Our reading today deals with the nation of Israel out in the wilderness, wandering. I've seen the wilderness in Israel, and even today, I wouldn't want to be there in a car, let alone with thousands of people complaining daily...you know they did.
At one time or another, all of us have faced a difficulty – some, it seems, more than others. I'm reminded of Jesus' words in John 16:33:
33 "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I came across the following Illustration that speaks to this point:
"The story is told of a Sunday class that had been asked the question, ‘In your time of discouragement, what is your favorite Scripture?’ A young man said, ‘the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want Psalm 23:1.’
A middle age woman said, ‘God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.’
Another woman said, ‘In this world you shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome this world. John 16:33-35.’
Then old Mr. John who was 80 years old, with a head of white hair and dark black skin, stood up and said with as much strength as he could muster, "and it came to pass 85 times in the Bible.’
The class started to laugh a little thinking that old Mr. John's lack of memory was getting the best of him. When the snickering stopped, he said.
‘At 30 I lost my job with six hungry mouths and a wife to feed. I didn't know how I would make it. At 40 my eldest son was killed overseas in the war. It knocked me down.
At 50 my house burned to the ground. Nothing was saved out of the house. At 60 my wife of 40 years got cancer. It slowly ate away at her. We cried together many a night on our knees in prayer.
At 65 she died. I still miss her today. The agony I went through in each of these situations was unbelievable. I wondered where God was. But each time I looked in the Bible I saw one of those 85 verses that said, 'and it came to pass.'
I felt that God was telling me, my pain and my circumstances were also going to pass and that God would get me through it.’”
Let me ask you reader...
Are you also in a hard situation in life and feeling helpless?
The good news is that if you will fill your mind and heart with God's Word, you'll always be reminded that you have a God who will rescue you – no matter how big your problem.
Take a moment right now and choose a "memory verse" that you can meditate on whenever you're in a time of discouragement.
Blessings on the Journey,