March 23 Numbers 21:4-9
In this passage we find the Israelites continuing on their journey to the Promised Land. They have no food or water and have tired of the manna. They are angry with God and Moses. “Why did you drag us into this godforsaken country to die?”
Then things got worse – they ran into poisonous snakes that killed many of the people. At that point, the Israelites understood that they had sinned by having ungrateful attitudes and being angry. They beg Moses to pray for God to take away the snakes. Instead of taking the snakes away, God instructed Moses to build a copper snake and put it high on top of a pole. Now when a snake bites someone, they were to look at the copper snake and be healed.
The message to me was don’t complain so much. You can’t be focused on yourself and make a difference outside yourself. Be content while you wait for God to show you what he has in store for you. Once again God didn’t answer prayer in the way the people expected. God asked them to face the problem or their fears (the snake) and then grace happened. Second chances are given but first the people had to be willing to do what God asked – look at the snake. Then the grace of God did for them what they were not able to do for themselves. They were healed.
God help us discover how your grace is at work in each of our lives.