Under Joshua, Israel defeats all the enemies that come against her. Do you ever fear for the future of the Church, of Christianity? Don’t! Find in these readings the hope that John saw in Revelation 19 – that Christ is the victorious Joshua conquering His enemies. Great encouragement is ours that our labour is not in vain in the Lord!
There is a hard lesson here, one of our perseverance mixed with something greater – The will of God.
Moses wanted to enter the promised land. It was the land of his hopes and dreams, the place that His God was going to give to Israel, who Moses had been leading for forty-plus years.
This land, over the Jordan, was the land of promise! How could you not long to go?
So Moses persevered and continued to plead with the Lord to let him enter.
Jesus is very clear about perseverance in prayer.
Luke 11 has the story of the persistent (impudent) friend, and it is in the end the outworking of the Lord (our heavenly Father who loves to give us good gifts).
Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
So how do these truths bear up against what we read here in Deuteronomy?
God speaks. And it is a diamond-hard razor-sharp crystal-clear word.
“Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again.”
God answered Moses’ prayer. God said “Enough”.
We see here that there are times when we must put aside our own heartfelt desires and submit under the mighty will of God.
God’s word to Moses here can help us grow a deeper understanding of His will and of prayer, of conversation with Him.
Perhaps there are times when we need to have our prayer-thinking adjusted. To mature further toward Him in our adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication and intercession.
Sometimes God’s will is such that we do see immediate “what we ask” action from Him. Sometimes we don’t see that at all.
But we know that this is part of daily active trust. That He _is_ at work.
God did bring Moses into the promised land. And more, we will get to meet Moses in glory, the new creation / promised land.
We can be encouraged as Moses was, that our God is a faithful God.
“The rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4
* Sovereign God,
Thank You for Your word here today, for Your response to Moses.
Please help us wrestle with what that means for each of us in our own lives, whatever we are going through.
Please continue to remind us that You are God, and we are Your people. That You are king, and we are to do what You tell us to. That You have saved us, what else have we to do but obey!