Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:4 The Lord said to (Moses), “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” 5 Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. 8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
Observation: Moses wasn’t without faults. He made many mistakes over the course of his 120 years of life, which is why God didn’t allow him to cross the River Jordan into the Promised Land. Nevertheless, he will forever be known as among the greatest leaders in all of human history.
Application: I’ve mentioned before it seems unfair to me that God prohibited Moses from setting foot in the Promised Land – after all he had done on behalf of God and God’s people Israel. I realize God’s ways are above reproach, but it’s just my opinion.
I also empathize with Moses because I too am a person who’s made lots of mistakes – in my personal life, my family life, my professional life, my spiritual life, and more. I’m grateful that, in Jesus Christ, my sins and mistakes have been forgiven but I haven’t forgotten about them. You know what I mean? I’m guessing that, like me, you have some regrets in life, some things you wish you could go back and do differently.
Question: If your life were to end today, how do you think you would be remembered?
My prayer for you and me today is that, in the end, we will be remembered more for the good things we did in this life than for our many mistakes.
Prayer: Lord, let it be so. Amen.