If we belong to Christ, why aren’t we completely healed?
Why do we still grumble? The moment life turns against us; something horrible happens; we get hurt; we lose control; we get frustrated and can’t believe the Lord allowed it – caused it – hasn’t stopped it.
That sound deep in our soul.
Shouldn’t knowing Jesus make a difference? Every time we grumble we “grieve the Holy Spirit of God” who lives in us (Eph 4:30; 1 Cor 3:16)? Does that help us stop? Can we tell our hearts get calloused toward Him the more we do it?
The fact is: Christians grumble.
We do. The apostles knew it. It’s why they wrote, “Do all things without grumbling” (Phil 2:14; see Jas 5:9; 1 Pet 4:9). But it’s the apostle Paul who takes us back to Numbers 21. He reminded the Corinthians not to “put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble” (1 Cor 10:9-10).
There they are again – the serpents.
We still have a problem. We know what happened on Calvary. Jesus defeated Satan utterly and completely. He disarmed him. He put him to open shame. He triumphed over him (Col 2:15). And yet, before our Lord’s return, the devil’s still around. He still torments. We still have “to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:11).
But here’s the good news: Numbers 21 is still ours.
Grumbling – do we know when we’re doing it? Do we have Christians around us who have the courage to tell us to stop it? Can we, in turn, let Jesus help us by showing us why we’re grumbling? What’s the cause? How can we confess the sin of grumbling if we don’t know why we’re doing it?
Confession – it’s where healing starts.
Our Lord, in responses, does what He did in Numbers 21. He had Moses lifted up the bronze serpent. Today, on this side of the cross, the Father points us to Jesus. We see Him lifted up. It’s on that cross where Satan and his hosts were defeated. The message of the cross “to us who are being saved…is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18).
That power is still ours. Every time we look to the cross, it’s the “blood of Jesus” that cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). It’s the power of the Holy Spirit abiding in us that can “do far more abundantly than all that ask or think” (Eph 3:20). The battle is strong. But the Lord is with us. He has put us together in His church. Every time the grumbling starts, we do what Numbers 21 tells us to do.
We lift up Jesus. We help each other see Him so His healing power can come and fill our soul with praise!