I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John. Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up. Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers. You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.
I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together. Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes? The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed. Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9. The people of Israel are tired and impatient. They hate everything. Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die. When the people repent they ask Moses to help them. God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.” verse 8
It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple. John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?
Have you ever been away from home too long? Have you ever felt that sickening disease called homesickness? I mean you can be staying at the best hotel in town and still miss the place you call home.
When you’re home, you belong. Home is the place you “hang your hat.” Home is the place where you can always go. Even after I had been married for years, any time we were going to visit my parents I was going home. They had to take me in, I may not always deserve to be take in but my parents would even leave the light on for me.
Think of this, and this statement comes from John Ortberg. “If there is no God, there is no home. The universe is a blind and pitiless machine. Human beings appeared in it by accident. We have minds and consciousness and desires and hopes, but the forces of the universe will one day crush them all, and us along with them. We don’t belong here. The Bible, on the other hand, indicates that the reason we love the earth so much is that God made it to be our home.
It is our home for now, but do you ever have the lonely feeling, that you aren’t really there yet? The Bible even says we should not let our souls get too wrapped up around what is called the world.
Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled. . .In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2
I think our faith grows when we get the picture of the mansions He is building, when we really picture our heavenly home. When we are homesick for heaven.