View from Mt. Nebo.
DayBreaks for 3/08/17: Moses’ Journey to the Promised Land
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2007:
In Exodus 33, as Israel comes near the end of their wilderness wanderings, Moses grows concerned about whether or not the Presence of the Lord will go with them. He even tells God that he doesn’t want Him to let them move forward even a foot without the assurance of God being with them. God gives Moses assurances – more than one – but Moses still seems to be beset with doubts. And so he asks to see God. Amazingly, God agrees.
On the surface, this story could be about any one of us who struggles with doubts about God’s Presence at times in our lives. Some moments His Presence is so palpable that no one possessed of a sound mind would doubt it. But then there are those other moments, aren’t there? Moments when He no longer seems present, and we may even start to wonder if He ever was at all, or if it was all just a mind-trick we played on ourselves. Let’s be honest. Sometimes it is a struggle to believe at such times.
And so Moses doubted God’s presence, but he also knew that he wanted God’s Presence more than anything – even more than going to the Promised Land without Him. Moses asked to see God’s glory, but instead, God showed Him His goodness.
Sometime later, Moses trekked up the mountain called Nebo. He didn’t make the journey alone. He sat on the mountain top with the very God who had shown him His Presence once before. God showed him all the land “from Gilead as far as Dan.” And I suspect that it was a marvelous spectacle. But somehow, I think it really didn’t matter that much to Moses. As Moses sat there on top of the mountain in the sunshine and viewed the Promised Land with God, Moses was already in the Promised Land that he’d longed for – he was in God’s Presence. And as Moses lay down upon the top of that mountain and died, at that moment, he needed and wanted nothing else.
You can’t go to the promised land with God. And as long as you are with God, you are in the promised land.
Genesis 15:1 – After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
PRAYER: As much as we long for heaven, Lord, may we never mistake the place for the Inhabitant. May we find in You our peace when we live, and when we lay down to die. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.