Footprints daily reflection: 9 April

Facing the Adversary.

Author: Bob Kikuyu

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Bible reading

The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.

Numbers 24:5


In one of the most memorable matches in my rugby career, my squad was one of our two club teams entered for a knockout championship. We were drawn against the defending champions in the first round and being the A squad, we could easily have switched around and allowed the B squad to face the champions. However, we agreed to proceed and face the opposition with courage. We recorded a historic victory that night and went on to win the championship that season.

The Israelites having been freed from slavery in Egypt did not take long to forget what they had been through. Faced with new challenges, they railed against Moses and God, with God eventually sending serpents to afflict them. Aware of their mistake, they repented before the Lord. Moses then prayed to the Lord, but the vipers were not taken away; they continued to harm the people. Instead, God instructed Moses to raise a likeness of the serpent. Once bitten one looked up at the image of their adversary the serpent, and they were healed. The Lord did not take away the danger. He made a way out of the danger. Healing required the following:

  • They acknowledge their inability to help themselves.
  • They look up to face their threat.
  • They believe that God would heal them when they faced the threat.

Those who took these actions were healed, and lessons can be learned here. Amidst life’s challenges it would help us;

  • To acknowledge our finite ability to save ourselves.
  • To identify and face up to the challenge confronting us.
  • To believe that God will lead us through the challenge.


When we look around and can find no way out,

enable us O Lord to look up from where our help shall come.



Bob Kikuyu has been the Senior Pastor of a congregation in Nairobi, Kenya for 11 years. He is also the co-founder of a charity (eduKenya – that serves in the slums of Nairobi. Bob is currently the Global Senior Advisor for Theology at Christian Aid.