Where's Your Focus?
And the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. Numbers 21:4b
In this passage of Scripture, God’s people were discouraged because of a wrong focus.
They were looking at the way, the path, and the journey instead of remembering what God had spoken to them.
This post was written by Charis Bible College Dean of Education, Greg Mohr.
As they took their eyes off God and put them on the path they were traveling, they allowed the circumstances of their journey to distort their attitude.
The first three verses of Numbers 21 describe how God delivered them from the hand of their enemies, freed some of them who had been taken prisoner, and gave them a great victory in battle. Yet in the very next verse, it is obvious by their attitude that they had forgotten what the Lord had very recently accomplished for them.
Why? Their focus was on the way instead of on the Maker of the way.
You cannot afford to allow the barometer of your soul to rise and fall based on the condition of the way.
There may be financial obstacles in your path. Perhaps you are dealing with a rebellious child or a carnal mate. Challenges in your job or symptoms of sickness and pain in your body may be vying for your focus. Whatever the condition of the way in your life, you cannot afford to make that your focus.
Is what you are thinking true (in line with the truth of God’s Word), honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8)? If not, then stop meditating on it! You must change your focus from the condition of the way to the Maker of the way if you want your soul to prosper. In this account, the children of Israel failed to do that. They got their eyes off God, forgot the miracles He had done for them, and focused on the problems and challenges in their journey.
This led them into a downward spiral of discouragement, murmuring, complaining, rebellion, and unbelief. Their souls were not prospering.
The result was that their health was jeopardized. Fiery serpents bit the people, and many of them died. Moses’ remedy for the situation was to pray for them. Then he heard the following words from the Lord:
Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
God said that everyone who looked at the fiery serpent on the pole would live. The definition of the word “looketh” in this verse means to behold, inspect, perceive, and consider. All who looked at, beheld, inspected, and made this serpent on the pole (which was a type and shadow of Jesus) their focus lived.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.
All those who looked at the type and shadow were healed.
And how much more so will those who look at and set their focus on the reality of Jesus and the finished work of the cross be healed today!
When His finished work at Calvary becomes your primary focus, rather than the present condition of your body, healing will flow unhindered from your spirit through your soul to your physical body.
When your focus changes from the condition of the way to the Maker of the way, healing and health are inevitable. Your soul will prosper, and you will walk in health and prosperity.
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