God tells him part way through the journey of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness, that neither he or his brother Aaron would ever step foot into The Promised Land. It was due to the lack of faith and lack of obedience they showed during a season in the wilderness.
God said no to Moses. God said you will not be reaping any of the benefits of this 40 year-long journey. God said I will only let you admire this land from a distance..the land of your dreams.
Yet Moses continued to faithfully lead the Israelites even after he was told that he would not be allowed to gain access and live out the blessing as well.
Truthfully, I don’t know if my faith is quite at that level yet. I think I would have thrown a pity party. I think I would have been angry at God for his decision. I probably would have held a grudge. I probably would have gotten a piece paper out and written down all the times I was obedient trying to convince God that certainly my actions have been Promised Land worthy. But look God…look at all the times I did get it right?! Won’t you please reconsider?
This level of faith challenges me. The life of Moses reminds me that my faith can not be conditional on whether or not God responds the way I think he should.
It’s the kind of faith that humbly acknowledges that…
this is all for you God
It’s the kind of faith that firmly and unswervingly accepts that…
What you want God is more important than what I want
It’s the kind of faith that clings to the truth that…
God’s decision is the best decision even if it means I never reach my dream
What about you? How do you react when God firmly tells you no?