When we moved some of our things from Little Gasparilla, we came home with more than we had packed. Although the island is paradise, it is a hot bed for scorpions, and one of those creatures came home with us, and I found it inside my house! I freaked out, and he ended up taking a flume ride down the sewer pipes.
I can’t make this stuff up, I’m not that good. I’m slowly reading through the Old Testament, and studying it briefly as I go, with no particular reading plan. Today, it speaks of the people complaining about leaving Egypt again, with me not being in their shoes, I wondered why they complained so much. The land that they were passing through had scorpions and serpents, with a burning sting. I may have complained too. However, because of their complaints, and unbelief, God allowed those fiery serpents to kill the people. Moses prayed, and God told him to make the image of a fiery serpent and whoever looked at it would live.
Today, if you’re complaining about services being interrupted, no sports, becoming anxious, overreacting, or discontent with the interruption of your happy life, you better stop now! There is salvation in a troubled time, but you have to look to Jesus, he is the only way to get to our happy place; all other ways lead to a dead end. You don’t want to end up dead in the desert just before entering the promised land, do you?
Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” Numbers 21:6-8