[God tells Moses] “I’ve let you see it with your own eyes. There it is. But you’re not going to go in.” Deuteronomy 34:4 (the Message Bible)
Imagine an illegal alien couple, smuggled from Central America, dropped off at the Arizona border only to discover that the person that took their money and promised to get them to the U.S. had only wanted their money and had no way of getting them across the border to Arizona. They could only stand and stare at the tall barbed-wire fence. Their hopes and dreams shattered… their money gone.
Moses was 120 years old when he went to Mount Nebo, where he could see the Promised Land, but not enter it. One would think that after all the whining and discontent he put up with as he led the Israelites out of Egypt, that there would be a happy ending to this story.
Moses trusted God for everything—even when it didn’t make sense. God didn’t promise Moses that he would build a home in Jericho and live happily ever after. He promised Moses that he would become a leader. That promise had been fulfilled, and Moses died in peace.
Lord, instead of just being grateful for every earthly thing you have given me, help me focus on the promise that you will always be with me. Amen.