Moses Was The Man

The more I read through the Old Testament, the more I admire Moses.

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?




13 thoughts on “Moses Was The Man

  1. Stephen Haggerty

    Good stuff, Eileen. I’m reading a book where it said in the last chapter to “pray for closed doors,” because God is in those too. What? Pray for God to not give us what we want? Man I hate that this is so true… 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Caroline

    “God’s decision is the best decision even if it means I never reach my dream.” This could go for experiencing certain events or circumstances in our lives too. Thanks for the reminder, Eileen.

    1. Eileen Post author

      I agree, Caroline. So many amazing lessons in the Old Testament that can help encourage us with what we experience today.

  3. Kandi


    This is a great post Eileen. I think I would have done the same thing you said you would do if you Moses and were told no, in fact I probably would have sat on the ground and refused to budge. It is not about us but about serving God even when His will doesn’t line up with ours, I am still working on that.

    Blessings to you Eileen

    1. Eileen Post author

      Kandi, I agree! I actually have a mental picture of me sprawled out in the middle of the wilderness and pitching a fit!

  4. Lisa

    “God’s decision is the best decision even if it means I never reach my dream.” Wow! That statement is so powerful, Eileen! I’m not sure I could say that, but I want to be able to. I want to trust God completely, fully, even if…..

    Many blessings sweet friend!


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