Victory for Every Battle
When you go through a tough spot in life, you pray for relief, don’t you? I do too. I can recall statements such as, “This is the year, Lord, for restoration to come,” and, “Two months is long enough, Father…”
Basically, we know that this trial hurts and an escape would be welcomed!
The Israelites knew trouble. As a result of their complaining against God and Moses, they dealt with venomous snakes in the camp. They understood their responsibility for the cause/effect dilemma and asked Moses to “pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us” (Numbers 21:7).
Moses prayed and God’s response grabs my interest. Scripture doesn’t indicate that God removed the snakes; instead, He provided a supernatural remedy to those who were bitten.
“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, he lived” (Numbers 21:8-9).
Jesus Himself made reference to this account from Israel’s exodus. He prophesied that He would be lifted up in the same way Moses lifted the bronze snake, but His healing would bring eternal life to those who believe He is the Son of God (See John 3:14-15).
Tying all this together, I’m reminded of Jesus’ prayer for His followers as He prepared to suffer for the sin of mankind, die on the cross, and be raised to life again. Knowing He would soon return to the Father in heaven, Jesus prayed for His friends who would be left behind:
“My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).
And what is the protection of God we live under? We have faith that Jesus has overcome this world by the sacrifice of His life, the shedding of His blood, and His resurrection from death. There is so much supernatural power for us in the divine covering of the blood of the Lamb!
The next time we are head-to-head with a difficulty in life, we need to remember that God’s remedy may not be to remove the hardship, but to remind us that He has given us His Son’s victory over hell, death, and the grave! So, instead of focusing our eyes on the snakes coiling at our feet, we choose instead to fix our eyes on the victory of the cross and all of its benefits!
That’s a powerful word, Friend! To put it more simply- Look up! “…Look at it and live” (Numbers 21:8). I don’t know what has gotten close enough to successfully inject venom that attacks your life, but your full dependency on the blood covering of Jesus Christ is powerful! It is not just some fancy thinking; it is faith in action!
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5).