Simple Things Have Great Meaning

NUM 21:6-9 NIV

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 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.  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.” 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.

The people sinned. God punished them = snakes. He offered them a way to live even when the snakes bit them = look at the bronze snake.

Why did God send snakes? And why have the bronze snake to undo it? God is powerful enough to take away the poison without making them look up at a snake… Maybe He just wanted them to obey him for a moment, even just in that small command of “look up and live”. Maybe He just used this to demonstrate that He was(and is) in control. They were complaining about being out in the wilderness, questioning God’s plans. Maybe getting them to look at the snake was just a way of showing them, “no matter what comes up, I have a way for you through it.”

I wonder what “bronze snake” I’m filling to look at. What simple act of obedience have I neglected that might put me in the right place to overcome things in my life? I can think of a few.

Lord, help me see the simple things, and to obey them. And as I trust you in the small things, train my heart for the greater things that are yet to come. I love you. May that be evident in my life through my obedience and trust in you. Amen.


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