“Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld (looked at) the serpent of brass, he lived.”Numbers 21:7-9
One does not have to look very far to see the sin in this world because it can be seen in our very own hearts. We like to look at the wickedness of this world and condemn those we see on the news and the internet, but we are the very ones we should be looking at. We are all guilty of speaking against the Lord, even though we may not see or realize it at the time. I think of my own ungrateful heart and the complaining I do which speaks ill of what God has allowed in my life, and I know it is not pleasing to my God. We sometimes pay quite the price for this sin as we are speaking ill of our God because He is the One who is sovereign, and He controls all things.
The moment I was born in this world, I was in need of a Savior, just as you were. I did not have to be taught how to sin, but I naturally became quite good at it. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at a young age, and I was eager to do whatever the pastor was preaching on. If he was preaching about telling others about Christ, I was out the next day putting gospel tracts on my neighbors’ doors. I was not the greatest kid in the world, but I did have a desire to do what was right. I still got my fair share of spankings, but I had a heart to please God. I am not sure when this changed for me, but I lost this desire and I desired instead to please myself.
As I got older, I did not listen to the preaching as I once did, and I let my mind wander when I should have been listening. I did things I vowed I would never do, and I even made pacts with friends to not surrender my life to God. I complained about anything and everything, and I even took the name of my God in vain. I used His name as a curse word, and it was only by God’s mercy that He did not send lighting down from the sky to consume me. I spoke ill of my God, and I forgot about the times I wanted to please Him and the times I desired to be a preacher. I was so far removed from wanting to walk with God, and I had joined sides with the enemy. I was not pleasing to God, but I am grateful my story does not end there.
God worked in my life just as He did when I was five years old. He was always the solution to my problem of needing a Savior, and although I was already justified by His blood, I was in need of sanctification in my life. I needed to look to Him to change my ways and my sinful habits. I look back at my life and can see that God was there the whole time, even though I oftentimes failed to recognize Him. I looked for happiness and joy in every other avenue and walk in life, but I did not look up to Him. It was not until later in life when I realized He was all I needed, and all I needed to do was look to Him. I still sometimes forget that He is all I need, and only with Him is life.
Where are you today friend? Do you need to look up to Him or do you seek salvation in all things and people that are not Him? The Israelites needed to just look at the brass serpent on the pole to live, but if they refused to look, they died from the bite of the serpent. In the same way, if you do not look to Him for eternal life and you refuse Him, you will die in your sins. Christian, are you looking to Him for the answers or are you searching for them in all the wrong places? He is the answer for all the problems we face and will face, and He is the Savior of the world. Will you look to Him, or will you struggle with the pull of this world? As the old song tells us, “Look and live, my brother, live. Look to Jesus now and live.”