Daily D – Deuteronomy 34:7
Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
Take a look at Deuteronomy 34:1. The first sentence says, “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho.” According to extensive research (Wikipedia), it takes five to seven hours to climb Mount Nebo.
God told Moses he had one last mountain to climb in Deuteronomy 32:48-50. There he would see the Promised Land. There he would die.
Gather these facts and hold onto them for a moment.
What goes through your mind on a five-to-seven-hour hike when you know you will die at the end of the climb?
What goes through your mind when you see from afar all you had worked for and lived for over the course of forty challenging years?
What goes through your mind when you can still see and you can still climb and you still have so much to contribute?
The final words of Deuteronomy in 34:10-12 sum up Moses’ life:
12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
What conclusions and applications for your own life do you see?
What is God saying to you?
We have heard people say, “On a clear day, you can see forever.” This was true for Moses, more true than for any other person who has ever uttered these words.
We have heard preachers and professors and motivational speakers say we should die climbing. Moses climbed one last mountain and had a good look around before he closed his eyes in sleep in a world filled with snakes and scorpions and madmen who would destroy nations because they would not listen to God.
The fact that you are reading these words indicates you are not dead yet. What mountain(s) do you have left to climb? What sights does God want you to see before you go? What does he want you to accomplish with your one and only life? What is your best next step today?
I will offer God my eyes and my physical capacity to do with as he sees fit.
Our Father, as Moses prayed in Psalm 90:17, “may the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 91:14-16 sounds like the echo of your response:
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
However long you plan for us to live, whatever you plan for us to accomplish, however you seek to unfold your glory to us and through us, give us eyes to see and strength equal to our opportunities that we may honor you and die climbing. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.