“…behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.”
– Deuteronomy 3:27
God permitted Moses to ascend Mount Pisgah to see the vast expanse, yet he would not be allowed to enter it or lead the people in. Not only was he not allowed to move forward in this area, but Moses was also commanded by the Lord to strengthen and encourage his own successor, Joshua. Imagine how he must have felt at this point in his life. He would have had to put down his pride, ego, and striving for a position and watch someone else succeed in his place. Not only that, he would have to do this while an entire nation watched.
Moses had become a man of humility. Humility in Moses’ character did not arrive overnight, though, and none of us should expect it to in our lives either. A man that was at one time a ruler had become a worker of the lowest stature who was slow of speech and tongue. Moses was found in the fields shepherding, timid, and afraid to lead anyone. He had become the kind of person God often chooses to use.
As Moses matured in his journey with God, he was given the words to say. We see his eloquence of speech in his discourse given during this farewell letter. The wisdom of his words in these chapters of Deuteronomy are incredible! His exposition and application of God’s law are arguably matchless. Throughout this farewell letter, Moses often points out to the Jews; they are privileged people of God and exhorts them to live as such. As Wiersbe puts it, “It’s when we forget our high calling that we descend into low living.” Moses was exhorting them to stay the course and remember their privileges.
His impetuous sin of killing an Egyptian took Moses out of position, as did his sin of striking the rock in the wilderness. God, however, is the One who restored him. Although Moses argued and was told to stop asking, God would use him again. In-fact, Moses eventually did make it into the Holy Land in glory during Jesus’ Transfiguration. God used him for a higher calling, ministering to our Savior!
Sometimes we fight and argue with the Lord in an attempt to get our way, even after He tells us, as He told Moses, “Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter!” May we learn to accept the Lord’s instruction and get our eyes off of our desires. It may be that Jesus has a higher calling for us to fulfill. As Moses ministered to Jesus, may we minister to our Savior today by loving others.
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
– Matthew 24:40