Mar 4 (Daily reading: Numbers 21-22) We must always consider that what God is doing in our lives today has meaning for what He intends to do tomorrow. He will be consistent; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). The story of the Hebrew people in the Old Testament shows this to be true. I mention two specific acts.
Act One: God sent the angel of death upon Egypt in His final plague over that land. But the angel spared the firstborn of the Hebrew people who followed God’s instructions to Moses and who put the lamb’s blood on their doorposts. This was a prevision of Christ as seen in the words of John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29).
Act Two: God sent venomous snakes among the rebellious Hebrews, and God again gave His instructions to Moses: “Make a fiery serpent, and put it on a flag pole; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, and looks at it, will live” (21:8). This was a prevision of the way by which the Lamb of God would deliver the people from their sins. “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes will have eternal life in Him” (Jn. 3:14-15).
What God is doing in your life today, no matter how difficult it is to understand, has meaning and purpose for tomorrow! Jesus assured us that He is always working in our lives: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (Jn. 5:17, NIV).
– Al Gary
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