I want us to think about Moses just before he died. The Lord told him and Joshua how the children of Israel would be. Deuteronomy 31:16 says, “…this people will rise up and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners…they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.”
Then the Lord instructed Moses to write a song and teach it to them. Then He inaugurated Joshua. Verse 23 He told him, “…Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.”
Moses gave them a final blessing in chapter 33. Then he went up to Mount Nebo. The Lord showed him all the land. 34:4 says, “…I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”
Verse 7 says, “Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” Verse 10 says, “But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”
What can we learn from Moses? He endured the complaining of the children of Israel and their rebellion forty years! One time he reacted in his flesh and openly disobeyed the Lord. That disobedience caused him to forfeit God’s promise to take them into the promised land.
The fleshly reactions of others are not an excuse for us to react in our flesh. The Lord has called us to walk in progressive sanctification. We are not to go backwards into our old man manifestations, but forwards as new creations in Christ.
2 Timothy 1: 9 says, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
Ephesians 5:15-19 says to walk circumspectly, redeem the time, understand what the will of the Lord is, be filled with the Spirit, and make melody in our heart to the Lord.” May we honor and glorify Him in all that we say and do. We are His witnesses for this time in our history – let us be about His business.