by Heather Tietz
No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
We live in an area home to poisonous snakes.
Before we found our house fifteen years ago, we fell in love with this neighborhood. I remember praying as we sat on a nearby park bench that God would one day give us a home here. Several years later, He did. And strange as it is, this amazing answer to prayer came with dangerous creatures, like rattlesnakes, Black Widows, and wily coyotes. I am learning that sometimes God’s greatest gifts come alongside scary things.
The Israelites learned this too. As they wandered the wild wilderness for 40 years it is likely they encountered wild creatures along the route – a route directed by God. Their trip began with a wall of watery wildlife being parted so they could safely cross the Red Sea.
Not long afterward, God led them to a place where there were poisonous snakes. Again, God offered a path of saving. “Make a bronze snake, Moses, and lift it.” And with the same courage that pushed them to walk through the Red Sea, those willing to trust and look up found salvation too.
Life has venomous creatures, dangerous circumstances, places, and people.
But God can walk us past them. He can save us from their bites.
We have to do our part and look up and trust.
Help me, Father,
To trust You through the scary situations of life.
You are my God of salvation today and forever.
In Jesus’ loving name I pray, Amen.