I keep hearing the words, LOOK UP.
This week as we read our Torah Portion these words teach us WHY we need to do this. We look up to be HEALED. When we LOOK UP we acknowledge that our Father is in charge and that HE will take care of us.
Numbers 21:9 Moshe made a bronze snake and put it on the pole; if a snake had bitten someone, then, when he looked toward the bronze snake, he stayed alive. (CJB)
John 3:14-15 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life. (CJB)
Psalm 121:1 If I raise my eyes to the hills,from where will my help come? (CJB)
In the wilderness the Children of Israel were dying because of their disobedience. God sent snakes that bit the people. As they cried out to Moses for a solution, Adonai told Moses to build a snake and all of those who looked on it would be healed and live. This required them to look up!
The book of John tells us the story of Nicodemus. He approached Jesus and asked how a man could be born again. The explanation Jesus gave included the incident of Moses and the snake. Nicodemus was told that just like Moses lifted the serpent up in the desert (a story Nicodemus would have known well as a scholar of the Torah), so the Son of Man was to be lifted up. It is through belief in HIM that eternal LIFE is found. Nicodemus found that he had to LOOK UP for his LIFE.
The verse from Psalms takes us back to David, but it is clear that David found his way to help was by LOOKING UP. He had to raise his eyes to the hills and BELIEVE that his help was coming. If you have ever been to Israel you know that there are lots of hills. To see above them one must look up.
How should all of these situations affect us today? HOW do we look up today?
So often we trust man to bring healing. We look to those around us to bring us health and peace. Yes, God sends people to us to help us. God brings ideas through people that might help us with our health or life situations. We must, however, take all ideas and thoughts to our Father and Creator. HE gives guidance and direction.
Moses actually had to build a pole to look at. I don’t recommend building anything like that today, but I have found that sometimes having a “reminder tool” in my room or house is beneficial. Maybe it is a verse card, maybe it is a painted rock, maybe a simple souvenir from a trip… something that REMINDS me to LOOK UP and BELIEVE in my Father.
KEEP TRUSTING that HE wants you WHOLE. He wants us to KNOW that HE is in control. HE wants to receive the glory for HIS accomplishments. I have found that when I keep my eyes on HIM, PEACE is in my soul.
When we come to the realization that LOOKING UP brings healing and peace, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.
Love and blessings,
Photo Credit is given to Serena Geiger who captured it in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while we were in Israel several weeks ago.