The Bible is full of wonderful stories that show us the power of God and how much he loves us as the people he created. We are called “humans”, but at times I wondered how much “humanity”, we really have in us… What does that word tell us about what or who we should be? It is defined as: “noun. The definition of humanity is the entire human race or the characteristics that belong uniquely to human beings, such as kindness, mercy and sympathy. An example of humanity is all the people in the world. An example of humanity is treating someone with kindness.” (www.yourdictionary.com).
Satan has led many away since the beginning
I guess our world is not so different than it has been since almost the beginning is it. I mean it; near the beginning our history began with Cane killing his brother Able and quickly grew in sin after that.
As we look at the past few thousand years of our history it is easy to see it filled with all kinds of wickedness. We know how far we as “humans” have strayed from what the Creator intended us to be. So many approve of killing unborn babies, yet protest the mistreatment of animals. We as a people wait with bated breath for the next episode of some television series that preaches to us the acceptability of lying, cheating, stealing and even killing our fellow humans. We live in a world where people have forgotten God and His purpose for creating us. Rather than showing kindness, mercy and sympathy to others and loving and worshiping our creator, (our God), we only want to make ourselves happy, no matter who else it hurts.
Not much seems to have changed
No, not much has changed, even through God has tried repeatedly to bring us back to the right way of living and thinking. In the book of Numbers 21:5-19 there is a brief story of God’s chosen people once again forgetting their God and only thinking of themselves. They started complaining about how hard things were in their lives and how much God had let them down. They were rejecting God and His love and leadership and wanted to do things “their way”. Because of this God sent poisonous snakes among them to kill those who rebelled. Well, as usual when this started to happen…. Well people changed their mind about what was right. In Numbers 21:7-9 we read: “Then the people came to Moses and said, We have done wrong in crying out against the Lord and against you: make prayer to the Lord to take away the snakes from us. So Moses made prayer for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, Make an image of a snake and put it on a pole, and anyone who has been bitten by the snakes, looking on it will be made well. So Moses made a snake of brass and put it on a pole; and anyone who had snakebite, after looking on the snake of brass, was made well.
Corona Virus Snake bite
I wonder; could this Corona Virus be our “snakebite”? A large portion of the humans of our world are being brought to its knees. Could it be God’s way of telling the world it is time to start showing humanity to others as well as making trusting, loving and serving God a priority again? I know so many people who have thought, “One day soon, someday I’ll go back to church, I’ll read my bible more, I’ll pray more, I’ll love more, I’ll help others more”. The problem is that for many they will and are being brought down by one of the smallest things in the world… a tiny virus that may keep them from ever seeing… “someday”. What about you? We don’t have a snake on a pole or even a king on a cross, but we do have an empty tomb and a risen savior. Perhaps it’s time we truly looked at them.