Whenever we see a story of sin in the Bible, there is another story of grace. Israel had blown it again. This time they started complaining about their lack of food and water. It wasn’t enough that God had miraculously provided manna six days out of the week. They were not satisfied with God’s preservation of their sandals during their long hike through the wilderness. They wanted more.
God gave it to them.
God sent poisonous serpents among the people. Many people died from snakebites. The terror and death caused by the plague broke Israel’s will, and the people humbled themselves before God and Moses. In response, God told Moses to make a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. Anyone who looked upon the brazen serpent would live. Where sin did abound, grace abounded much more.
Sin always carries with it ugly consequences which bring pain to us and others. It demonstrates a lack of love and gratitude for God, and it causes us to elevate ourselves and our will above God and His will. At its essence, it is a matter of pride. The Bible tells us God resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5b).
Whenever the story of our lives is marred by sin, God interweaves a story of grace. When we humble ourselves after our sin, He provides forgiveness, healing, and restoration — grace, in a word. This is possible because Jesus Christ suffered the penalty of sin in our place. Where our sin abounded, God’s grace abounded much more. This should be our greatest reason for serving Him.
Every human being has been bitten by sin — but some have found the Antidote. If you have tasted grace, then share it with someone else. Show them how they can look to the cross and find forgiveness and healing. Tell them about what grace has done in your life. Make them hunger and thirst for grace. Above all, point them to the One who can satisfy them.
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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.