One might think that by the end of his life, Moses knew the Lord very well. He must have had a good understanding of God’s love and power, having seen Him perform so many miraculous acts throughout Moses’ forty-year ministry in the desert and in Egypt. But in his last days, Moses pleaded with God to reveal to him even more of God’s riches, knowing that there was much more to experience.
24 ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? 25 I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.’ Deuteronomy 3:24-25 NKJV
For all he had seen, Moses believed that he had only begun to see God’s greatness and might, and he wanted God to show him more. But God had firmly decided that Moses’ time on this earth was done, and even told him to stop asking God for an extension.
We know from the gospels that, when God’s time was right, Moses did in fact see the good land and stood on a pleasant mountain with Jesus Christ during His transfiguration (Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9).
By this time, Moses realized that the greatness, power and might of God would be revealed not through any land or mountain, but through the power of Christ Himself. The gospel, the eternal salvation of mortal man, available through faith in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, is the greatest demonstration of God’s power that the world has ever known.
Through the ups and downs of our lives, God reveals His goodness and power through Christ. As we are drawn to Him in grace, we respond in faith. He saves us, cleans us and lifts us out of our spiritual morass, loving us deeply despite the many selfish acts and character defects that riddle our lives. He brings us to a good land of spiritual healing and eternal fellowship as we turn to Him, receive His love and believe in Him with faith, even that faith itself being a generous gift of God.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 NKJV
Each one of us has been given a specific number of days ordained for the length of our life. Our times are in the hands of God. May we use our remaining time to turn to God to experience the height and depth of His great love for us.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:15-16 ESV