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 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”