Then the Lord sent fiery ( burning ) serpents among the people and they bit the people; and many Israelites died.
NUMBERS 21 : 6
ARE YOU SPENDING JUST ABOUT EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY WORRYING AND FEELING ANXIOUS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS AND TROUBLES THAT YOU ARE FACING ?
In our above Scripture we read that the Israelites were dying in large numbers because a deadly plague of snakes had come upon them and were biting them as a result of the sinful way in which they were conducting their lives.
A deadly plague of snakes .. Now that sounds like a very serious problem .. And the solution ? .. Well the solution rested solely on the shoulders of one man .. One man that could fix the situation and make it right .. and that man was Moses.
Can you imagine the huge amount of stress and the worry that Moses must have experienced ? ..
Well actually he did not .. HE PRAYED !!
Moses did not waste one moment of precious time worrying, he immediately focused all of his attention on God and he prayed.
Moses did not rely on himself or anyone else to try and solve a problem that was obviously far too big for one person to fix.
As you spend time meditating in the precious pages of God's Word, you will soon begin to realize that all the men and woman who walked in God's victory, did so because they handled their problems with prayer .. They did not worry .. They did not fear .. They were not anxious .. THEY PRAYED !!
SO WHAT ABOUT YOU .. ARE YOU WORRYING OR ARE YOU PRAYING ? ..
Looking back at Moses, he prayed to God and he asked God's advice about how exactly he should handle the problem regarding the plague of snakes .. he did NOT make his own plans and then expect God to bless them .. he did NOT try and reason out an answer .. and he did NOT worry .. HE PRAYED .. and because Moses turned to God first and put his faith in his Father .. God responded to his prayers.
God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent, set it on a pole and place it in front of the Israelites. God then ensured Moses that every person who had been bitten by a snake, who then looked up at the bronze serpent would live.
Now in the New Testament of God's Word, it is explained to us that this particular scenario is a symbolic representation of the Cross and Jesus Christ taking our sins upon himself.
Just as Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the desert .. (on a pole) .. So was the Son of Man lifted up .. (on the Cross) .. in order that every person who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life .. John 3 : 14 - 15
The message that God was portraying to Moses and the Israelites is the very same message that He wants you to hear today .. LOOK UP AND LIVE !!
Look at Jesus and at everything that He HAS already done .. Do not look at yourself and what you can and can not do.
The Answer .. The only answer to your problems, no matter what they may be, is definitely NOT to kill yourself with anxiety and worry but rather to trust in God your Father and pray.
Pray and worship God because He is a good God and by doing this, God WILL most certainly respond to your prays by releasing an outpouring of His goodness and His favor into your life.
THE ONLY LIMIT TO YOUR REALIZATION OF TOMORROW WILL BE YOUR DOUBTS OF TODAY