WALK IN STEP WITH THE SEASON
We British have elevated grumbling about the weather to an art form, but for those of us who claim to be Christ-followers, maybe it has too high a price tag. Think what happened to the Israelites as a result of their grumbling!
The Book of Numbers tells several stories of Israel's complaints in the wilderness, and the dire consequences for the nation. One of these is related in Numbers 21:4-9, the penalty for their 'murmuring' being venomous snake bites. It should make me stop & think - am I opening myself up to a 'snake-attack', through what is coming out of my mouth?
Obviously we're not talking about literal snakes here, but about the negative influence of the powers of darkness, whom Jesus characterised as 'snakes and scorpions'. We're told not to give the Evil One any foothold [Ephesians 4:27], or to keep with the metaphor, an opportunity to 'bite'; apparently, a grumbling, complaining attitude does just that....
Fortunately, this story, while warning of the consequences of whinging, is also one of hope, for the Israelites found healing from their snake-bites through looking at the bronze serpent raised up by Moses. When Jesus was crucified, He defeated every evil force [Colossians 2:15]; and if we, like the Israelites of old, gaze steadfastly at the Cross, we can find healing and deliverance from the consequences of our foolishness.
[Proverbs 12:14 NKJV]
Death & life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
[Proverbs 18:21 NKJV]
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his Name.
[Hebrews 13:15 NKJV]
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