Ok- so for the past week- I've been reading in Deuteronomy. Have read a lot about Moses- and this morning I ended up in chapter 31-in which basically- Moses has just finished writing down all the laws that the Lord had given him.
Let me back up and give a REALLY quick rundown of Moses for you.
Moses- the baby that floated down the river in a basket. We've all seen those water color pictures in kids bibles, etc….
Ok- so that baby is our man. (By the way- his story starts in Exodus chapter 2 if you'd like to go read it)
So. (remember, I said I'm gonna go quick- missing lots of good juicy details- but giving you enough to understand)
-Moses- baby in basket-floating away to escape death of all baby boys
-Found by Pharaoh's daughter.
-He grows up
-Goes out one day to where he sees the slaves (his true family) being forced into hard labor & he kills an Egyptian
-Flees and becomes an alien in foreign land.
-Lord appears to him in a bush (yeah, you gotta read the story)
-God talks to Moses and tells him that He wants Moses to go rescue the Israelites from under the harsh hand of Pharaoh
-God also tells Moses that He wants to bring them out of Egypt and into a 'good and spacious land flowing with milk and honey'
God and Moses have a great conversation at this point- but what you need to know for now is that God made this promise to Moses.
Fast forward a little through some great things like frogs, blood water, locusts, sea's parting…etc…
And we end up in the desert with Moses and the Israelites. They've all been set free from under the hand of Pharaoh. They are drinking water from rocks, receiving manna (bread) from heaven….(seriously- instead of it raining water….*or men* ;-)) ….they received a 'rain' of bread).
In the desert. Definitely not a place of flowing milk and honey.
Now- I'm gonna skip over a LOT. But basically they are in the desert for 40 years. Circling around & around. And making idols, and doing bad things….and forgetting that while they may be in the desert- they were not slaves anymore!
So. While they are being bad- The Lord decides to put the people under His law. And gives Moses the 10 commandments. (stone tablets and all….10…let's count 'em!)
All the while- the Lord is reminding Moses "The Lord Your God is bringing His people into a good land"
Following me here?
Ok. So let's go to Deut chapter 3.
A lot has happened….the people are unruly- and Moses is told by the Lord in verse 27 "Go up to the mountain and look north, west, south, and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross the Jordan."
Screeeeech. Wait. What?!
Yeah. Joshua is going to be the one to lead the people across now.
Fast forward a little more to chapter 31. In this chapter- the proverbial 'baton' so to speak-is being passed from Moses to Joshua.
Moses summons Joshua and tells him to be strong and courageous, for he must go with the people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them…. Moses tells him over and over- be strong and courageous!
He finishes by reading the Law to all the people- and then recites the words to a song in front of the entire assembly of Israel.
Now. Back to the beginning of this blog. That's where I am today in my reading.
My heart aches for Moses. I wanted for him so badly to be able to see the land flowing with milk and honey. But yet in his song that he recited- here are a few of the words:
"I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."
At the end. When it's all said and done for Moses- those are Moses' words. That is his heart.
So, this morning- I sent out the daily morning verse (if you want to be a part of this- let me know) and I wrote "Thinking about Moses…The Lord told him he would NOT be the one to lead the people into the promised land…but yet- at the end of his life- he was found singing."
As I sent it- my heart was a bit heavy. (not thinking it was much of an encouragement)
Then my friend Anna responded with this "Amen! That's good!!!!"
I responded with "Moses doesn't have the most encouraging ending in his life…but he was found faithful."
To which Anna responded "And isn't it encouraging that his reward wasn't the promise but his reward was God."
My heart skipped a beat.
Yes. His reward was even GREATER than the promise.
His reward was the Lord.
What promises are you holding on to? Would you be willing to let it go and receive God as your reward instead? Or are you holding on too tightly to a promise?
He is our reward.
Thanks, Anna. I needed that today
Never doubt in the darkness what you have seen clearly in the light.