The highest and most spiritually mature response in any situation is to respect and revere the hand of God no matter the alignment with our personal desires. Today we learn from Moses what this level of maturity looks like in the face of disappointment…
52 “Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
1 This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
3 Surely it is you who love the people;
all the holy ones are in your hand.
At your feet they all bow down,
and from you receive instruction,
26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides across the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’
28 So Israel will live in safety;
Jacob will dwell secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.
29 Blessed are you, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.”
Deuteronomy 32:52-33:1, 3, 26-29
When Moses was told by God that he would not enter the Promised Land we see his response in Deuteronomy 33. There was no defiance. There was no campaign to overthrow those in power – Moses did not revolt against the Lord. Moses finished well. Even though Moses didn’t finish as he intended, Moses finished well.
Right after God told him that he would see the land at a distance, but would not go there, Moses spoke a blessing over the sons of Israel. Is that what you would do? In the face of disappointment, questioning the justice or even the rightness of a decision which deprived you of your ‘due’ would you bless and not curse?
So many of us would hold this as a grudge against God. We see this in those who lose a child or a spouse on occasion – some respond with anger and resentment toward God for allowing tragedy or withholding joy.
This is a very human response to God, and I will tread carefully in saying that when we respond in this way we are focused on ourselves and not on the plan or purpose of the God, in whose hands we rest.
The highest and most spiritually mature response in any situation is to respect and revere the will of God and the hand of God no matter the impact or alignment with our personal desires. That’s where Moses was at, and I look up to him for his response. He is a greater man than me…
Indeed God loves the people.
Each one of us is in his hands.
As we follow his steps,
We receive his word.
There is none like the God of Jeshurun.
He rides the heavens to care and aide you.
This eternal God is our dwelling place.
The everlasting arms of God are over us.
Blessed are you,
And who is like you,
Who is like the one,
Who is saved by the Lord?
Indeed. These are the words of a leader whose hopes were held back, yet his confidence and reverence for God were strong enough to surrender. Moses shows here a glimmer of the surrender of Jesus before his Father: not my will, but yours be done.
We are blessed. Now respond to God out of that blessing and with a heart tuned to the heart of Moses.