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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.