Guest Post by Justin Mears

Today’s Passage – Numbers 34 – 36 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – 1 Corinthians 5 – 8Proverbs 28Psalms 141 – 145)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song  – Deuteronomy 32:4

Read the “0228 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“These are the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.” (Numbers 36:13)

Numbers 34-36

            These chapters are God’s instructions to Moses for the congregation when they enter the promise land. As I read these chapters I think about all this effort he continues to put forth for a place he will not be going to. At one time Moses was the man that was going to take them into the promise land. They actually where there at one point on the verge of going in, but the people lost faith and rebelled against God. Now they had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years for something Moses didn’t do! Now to make things worse he can’t even go into the promise land because of a bad decision he made in a moment of anger. What a devastating thought! Yet Moses doesn’t let that stop him from serving God today. 

            This morning I thought of two reasons as to why I might not continue if I was Moses.

            First I might not continue simply because I messed everything up! I would be discouraged and down in the dumps. It’s almost like setting the table for dinner and making it look beautiful with the fine china. Only to not realize the table cloth caught on your shirt as you walk away as all the fine china falls to the floor and shatters, or painting an intricate masterpiece, just to knock it to the floor with the slight brush of your knee. I think we’ve all messed something up before. Even worse than that, there have been times where we have probably messed up God’s picture or plan for our lives. Moses did too and it was a pretty big price tag as well, but he didn’t let that stop him from serving God today. He knew God still had a plan today.

            The second thought was that, this could have been a temptation for Moses to get bitter. I don’t know about you but sometimes, in my humanity, I look at this and kind of scratch my head. I hear myself thinking “come on Lord, couldn’t you give him a break?” The people got him mad because of their complaining! If I were Moses I could have found a reason to question God. Maybe there have been things in your life that you think are just unfair and you have a problem with God about it. In this situation Moses doesn’t give in to those thoughts because God isn’t and never will be the one who has done wrong. Moses sinned against God by disobeying his word. Everything Moses has today is because God gave it to him. Think of everything good in your life and remember that’s from God not you (James 1:17). 

            I think for Moses one thing kept him in this area we call contentment. The promise land would be nice and all, but nothing compares to an eternity with my Savior! I’m sure Moses was tired and so are many of us, but one day it will be worth it all as the song says. There will be no more battling the flesh, no more sin, no more pain, no more weariness, and for Moses no more complaining! I think Moses was looking forward to some rest without the heartaches of this world. Serve God till the end like Moses, so you too can hear the words well done.   

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