The Unsearchable Riches of God – Deuteronomy 3

One might think that by the end of his life, Moses would know the Lord very well.  He must have had a tremendous understanding of God’s love and power, having seen Him perform so many miraculous acts throughout the forty-years in the desert and when freeing and leading the Israelites out of Egypt.  But in his last days, Moses pleaded with the Lord to reveal even more of His riches, knowing that there was infinitely more to see and experience, especially upon entering the Promised Land.

 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 the Lord had firmly decided that Moses’ time on this earth was almost done, and even told him to stop asking for an extension.

We know from the gospels that, when God’s timing was right, Moses did in fact see the new land and stood upon a pleasant mountain with the Lord Jesus Christ during His transfiguration (Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9).

Here Moses realized that the greatness, power and might of God would be revealed not through any land or mountain, but through the limitless glory and power of Christ Himself.  The gospels illustrate the eternal salvation of mortal man, available through faith in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, as the greatest demonstration of God’s glory that the world has ever known.

Through the ups and downs of our lives, God reveals His goodness and protection through Christ.  As we are drawn to Him by unmerited grace, we respond in faith.  He saves us, cleans us, and lifts up us out of our spiritual morass. He loves 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 blessing and fellowship as we turn to Him, receive His love, and believe in Him with faith, with even that faith itself being a generous gift of God.

As the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman believers:

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)

Like Moses, 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 and to experience the height and depth of His great love for us.

As David wrote in the great Psalm 139:

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)

Refection

How many attributes or dimensions of God have you noticed so far today? In truth, there are too many to even begin to count.

Father God, may we experience Your glory today as we seek to draw closer to You. Forgive our failures, and all the times we have sinned against You and others, and help us to walk in purity and in Your light. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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