The Israelites began complaining about how good they used to have it in Egypt in their quest towards the Promised Land. How quickly they forgot that they were slaves. Oh how they missed the food, the water, and they complained about the food and provisions they did have. At that time, God sent venomous snakes amongst them to bite them and some even died. They realized their wrongdoings and went to their leader Moses to pray to God to take the snakes away.
v. 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
Did you see that God did not remove the snakes? He had the people refocus to “look up” at the bronze snake (which come to find out as prophetic of Jesus on the cross). I think that meant to look up towards Him. When they put their focus upwards, they were healed. They were still amidst the snakes and could still be bitten, but they now had a source of healing.
I got to admit, I have been putting my focus on the wrong things lately. When I take my focus off of Him, I look elsewhere, complain and forget how good I have it. I may not be in the Promised Land, but I have it really good. We all have issues, problems, circumstances (snakes) that we deal with. God gives us a new focus to not get distracted and even be healed… if we focus on Him.
Hebrews 12:2-3 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.