Two for Tuesday – Good News for September 14

14 09 2010

Numbers 21:4-9

With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the Lord sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the Lord and you. Pray the Lord to take the serpents from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people, and the Lord said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Daily Path: Do you ever tire of the journey? I get weary from the day to day struggles, but I don’t tire of the spiritual journey. I do grumble about earthly longing and desire for better circumstances. I have pleaded with God to help in difficult times, and asked the question “Why me?” It’s in those moments that I lose sight of the abundance I do have, or as one friend named it “the beauty all around.” One thing I have have come to know, when we hunger on the spiritual journey there is always a banquet at the ready. All you have to do is knock on the door. We are never turned away by God… it’s only when we turn away that we go hungry in the desert.

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