Numbers 21:4-9 (NLT)
4 Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey, 5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” 6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died. 7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the Lord told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” 9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!

The people of Israel were on their 40 year journey through the wilderness. God has been with them, taking care of their needs, and defending them. While they didn’t have the best of conditions they were living life in safety and freedom. Yet they complained about what God was providing them and they began to speak out against God blaming Him for not having the life they desired. Poison snakes were sent among the people. If bitten they would die. Moses confessed the sins of the people and God told Moses the following, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” Even though it sounded strange, it was a test of faith. Those who trusted God and did as He said lived, while those who disobeyed God died.

Trust is defined as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; it is a dependence on something future or contingent. Trusting God means we recognize His righteous and holy character. We understand God’s ability has no boundaries or limitations. God is strong and powerful beyond all measure. The truths of His word are infallible. And God is always looking out for our needs; those which are immediate and those which are in the future. Sometimes it is hard to see how God is going to meet our future needs, but we must trust He will do so. We may not understand His methods, His plan or His goal, but still we must listen, trust and obey. I’m reminded of the lyrics of the song Trust and Obey: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.