October 20th, 2018
Dying on Mt. Nebo
Deuteronomy 34:1-5 (KJB) And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, 2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
It is sad, but true, that many regenerated souls can rest on faith, view proven facts, and hear palpable truths of God but some saved souls fail to leave the mount of Mt. Nebo and enter in God’s Promised Land. The story of Moses has both failures and accomplishments for God. However, it also highlights his ultimate failure and forfeiture in reaching God’s ultimate goal of reaching The Promised Land.
This event late in his life has been divinely recorded in God’s Word for our contemplation and learning. This circumstance late in the life of Moses did not just appear on a whim from God, it was a culmination of his choice of sin and disobedience to God. It was a final punishment for Moses in his impatience of smiting the rock rather than waiting upon the divine certain providence of God.
How often do you and I smite rocks, lose our patience with God’s timing, or even inform God we are not capable of the job He has divinely given us in this world? Though Moses did accomplish much for God and it is great to read through his many other achievements as God worked in him and through him, we must also stand on Mount Nebo for a few moments and ponder his greatest test and ultimate failure.
What is it that God is asking you to fulfill according to His will and way in your life? Don’t smite the rock like Moses did, but trust in God’s divine providence and timing for your entrance into the Promised Land.