Have I got to Look? -- By: Joe Franklin

~~Have I got to Look?

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake image and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.””  Numbers 21:8 HCSB.

 Making my way to our backyard vegetable garden a few years ago I was confronted by a snake.  It raised its head and a portion of its body as a warning to me that it was not planning to back away.  The sight of a snake has always bothered me and this one got my adrenalin flowing.  One more step and I would have been close enough for it to strike; even worse it could have been my wife or one of our daughters.  Because it was a copperhead and would not relent I put an end to its life.  Normally snakes are as startled by my presence as I am by theirs and they slither away.  I prefer to let them go their way as long as it is not the same as my way.
 Regardless of your affinity for snakes, you have to realize that in the Scripture above, it was hard for the Israelites to look at an image of the creature that had bitten them.  The bite would bring death and many Israelites died.  This came about as a judgment from God because the people grew impatient and spoke against God and Moses.  They forgot once more that God had delivered them from slavery and that He had been faithful to provide for their needs.  They also forgot that their own disobedience was the reason they were wandering in the wilderness.  God once more gave them an opportunity to obey and look at the bronze serpent in order to recover.  It is an unfortunate portrait of people; yes even God’s people in the work place today.  We forget that many of the problems we have in the work place and beyond are directly related to not making good choices.  Instead of choosing to obey God and live according to His word we choose another way.  Our poor choices bring about consequences that often seem unbearable and then we complain as if God has abandoned us.  By staring at (living in) our consequences we realize that better choices could have been made and from now on can be made.  We also recognize that God will bring us through because His judgment here and now is for our redemption and restoration.  Jesus said in John 3:14-15 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.”  Our disobedience is the reason Jesus went to the cross and when we humbly look to Him we find forgiveness and restoration.
 Our work place challenge is to recognize that bad choices lead to bad consequences.  Make today count by simple obedience to God’s word.  He will enable us to make good choices for His glory and the good of all.