A few days spent in Deuteronomy brought a new appreciation for Moses. Chosen to be the leader of God’s people even though he proved himself to have flaws. God used him as the instrument by which the people obtained freedom from the slavery in Egypt.
Moses did not get to enter the Promise land due to his disobedience. The very goal he worked to obtain was never attained.
In the last chapter of Deuteronomy, we find a precious record of the relationship between Moses and God.
God leads Moses up Mount Nebo to show him the land promised. God allowed Moses to see with his own eyes the land although he would not enter with the people.
Forty years of wandering in the wilderness came to this point of not obtaining the promise. The disappointment had to be greater than we can conceive.
Yet, the loss was momentary, fleeting, as Moses died there in the land of Moab. And then we are told …
“The Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-7, NLT)
Can we even imagine the tenderness with which God Himself buried Moses?
The forty years of wandering, those wilderness years that had seemed to stretch on forever, were gone like a vapor. In that split second they were forgotten.
It passes in a flash and all that God brings forth from the pain and disappointments of this life are so worth the gain.
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT)
He renews us day by day, sometimes moment by moment. But He walks with us always.
This same God who walked with Moses every single day in the wilderness, walks with us as well.
May we take courage, fix our gaze, and keep on walking.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we see now, rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT)