A Broken Heart, or…..

….. (or) Well Done Faithful Servant?

Deuteronomy 34:1-7:
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 western sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the city of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.

Initially I felt as if Moses died of a broken heart. He had led his people here, but was not allowed to go into the Promised Land with them. But as I thought about the passage, the words “Moses the servant of the Lord” jumped out at me, and made me think of the parable of the faithful servant. Moses had faithfully completed the huge task that God had set out for him; he had seen their destination, and now that his job was completed he was able to be at peace and go to be with his God in the heavenly promised land, for eternity. What a wonderful reward!

When I die I hope that I will be old and yet still strong and healthy. But most importantly, I hope it will happen after I have faithfully completed God’s purpose for my life. I know I’ll never be like Moses, but that’s ok.  I still have work to do, and I want to do it well. That is something I can strive for every day through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God!

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