Scripture: Deuteronomy 3:23 At that time, too, I (Moses) entreated the Lord, saying: 24 “O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your might; what god in heaven or on earth can perform deeds and mighty acts like yours! 25 Let me cross over to see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and the Lebanon.” 26 But the Lord was angry with me on your account and would not heed me. The Lord said to me, “Enough from you! Never speak to me of this matter again! 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and look around you to the west, to the north, to the south, and to the east. Look well, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, because it is he who shall cross over at the head of this people and who shall secure their possession of the land that you will see.”
Observation: Moses was speaking to the assembly of God’s people, whom he had been leading in the wilderness for 40 years. They were finally prepared to enter into the Promised Land, but Moses was denied entry by God. Why? Because he had failed to follow God’s command some years earlier in giving water to the people. Seems like a trivial reason to be denied the privilege of entering the Promised Land. Yet, God also made it clear it was time for a new leader – Joshua. Joshua had served as Moses’ key lieutenant for some years by then. He was a man full of grace and wisdom, and would be the next great leader of Israel.
Joshua was needed because a sea change was taking place for the people Israel.
Application: Sometimes new leadership is in order. I awoke this morning to the news that the people of Great Britain have voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a very close vote. I also learned that the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation effective in October. Mr. Cameron points out that, given the expressed will of the British people to leave the EU despite his objection, it makes sense for someone else to lead them into this future. I doubt Mr. Cameron believed this day would come – only a year after having been re-elected as prime minister.
It’s hard not to see parallels in the American cultural landscape as a complete political novice, Donald Trump, is the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party. I admit I’m not a fan of Mr. Trump for a whole host of reasons. That said, if there is a radical changing of the guard taking place in the US and around the world, I pray those who lead us will be persons of wisdom and grace – and the favor of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, leadership is important. Having the right leader at the right time is crucial to the ongoing success and prosperity of any people. We ask your grace upon us in this season of political change, even upheaval. It may be scary now, but we trust you hold us in your hands. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.