So Close, But Yet So Far (Seeking God)

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Deuteronomy 34:1-3 (NIV)
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.

Deuteronomy 34:1-3 (MSG)
Moses climbed from the Plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah facing Jericho. God showed him all the land from Gilead to Dan, all Naphtali, Ephraim, and Manasseh; all Judah reaching to the Mediterranean Sea; the Negev and the plains which encircle Jericho, City of Palms, as far south as Zoar.
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“Now Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, from Gilead to Dan, and all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah to the western sea (Mediterranean Sea), and the Negev (South country) and the plain in the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.” -AMPLIFIED

The final chapter of Deuteronomy speaks of Moses’ final moments on this Earth and God revealing to him the Promised Land from the peaks of Mount Nebo. Remember Moses’ final words to the people in chapter 33:29 where this, “How happy you are, Israel! Who is like you? You’re the people the Eternal has saved. He’s the shield that protects you and the sword that brings you pride. Your enemies will cringe and surrender before you, and you’ll stamp out their high places of worship into the ground.” (VOICE)

We then find that he immediately climbs the mountain to meet with God. Moses work was finished. He had done what God had required of him to do. Sadly, because of his sin he would not enjoy the fruit of his labor, but God sent him to the top of the mount in order that he could see the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to the people through him.

From the top of Mount Nebo Moses could see the plains of Moab, to the peak of Mount Pisgah on the east side of the Jordan River all the way across to Jericho. God in fact showed Moses, “…the whole land that would be Israel’s territory: Gilead as far as Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all of Judah’s territory to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, the southern desert,and the basin in the valley of Jericho, the “city of palms,” as far as Zoar.” -(VOICE)

Once again God speaks to Moses, this great man of God, who had led the people for 40 years through thick and thin. God said, “This is the land I promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I told them, “I’ll give it to your descendants.” (VOICE)”Here is the land that you have worked so hard to bring the people to.”-Tonia’s Translation

But then God delivers, once again, His judgement on Moses for his sin. “I’ve let you see it with your own eyes. There it is. But you’re not going to go in.”-(MSG) What a heart-breaking moment it must have been. To see the completion of the journey, the finish line, the prize, but not be able to possess it or take ownership of it because of his sin.

All of this is a reminder to us of the importance of running this race well. The writer of Hebrews stresses this fact. “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” -Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)

Even the Apostle Paul reminds us of the need to stay true to the course that has been set before us. Paul says, “Who has impeded your progress and kept you from obeying the truth? You were off to such a good start. I know for certain the pressure isn’t coming from God. He keeps calling you to the truth. You know what they say, “Just a little yeast causes all the dough to rise,” so even the slightest detour from the truth will take you to a destination you do not desire.” -Galatians 7:9 (VOICE)

Always remember this truth, “Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.” -Hebrews 11:6 (VOICE) The Amplified says that, “He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.” If we are diligently, earnestly seeking God than we should be obediently doing as He instructs us to do.

Don’t miss out on the prize. Do not be like Moses who came so close, but yet he was so far.

My Prayer:

Lord, help me to faithfully follow you; obediently doing as you have instructed me to do. I do not want to be failing in doing my very best for you; for you are the very reason that I have life and I owe all to you. I want to be found pleasing in your sight. Help me to be diligently, earnestly seeking you, Lord God.

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