Read: Deut. 34:1-12
Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” Deuteronomy 34:4
God made a promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob over 500 years before that this land would be the inheritance of their family. They chose to walk in faith with God and saw God lead their lives, but in their lifetimes they didn’t get to see the promise fulfilled.
Now Moses stands at the edge of the promised land as God shows him how He is about to fulfill His promise, but Moses isn’t going to witness the actual fulfillment of the promise either. (See Nikki’s Devo from September 29th).
I have to ask myself, if this were all to happen today, would anyone be able to remain faithful to God knowing they would not see the promise fulfilled with their own eyes. Think about it. We’re so used to instant results and gratification that to wait a day seems too long.
We get frustrated when our antibiotics don’t have us feeling better within a few hours. We get frustrated when a 30 second ad pops up on You Tube. And we get frustrated when God doesn’t answer our prayers immediately the way we think He should.
So, to wait a lifetime and still not see what we’re looking for, hoping for, trusting God for can be really hard on the faith of a modern, instant-gratification psyche.
Let me challenge all of us to learn from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. God works outside of time and His timelines are rarely our timelines. He has a plan and you and I get to play a part in that plan, but we don’t always get to see the fulfillment of it.
Christian maturity is not having our hope in the plan, but our hope in God. If living for Him and living in Him is your mode of operation, you will see Him move in your life along the way and experience friendship with Him in the process. That’s what makes life great!!!
As far as our role in the great drama – only He knows what part we are to play and when it’s time for us go home. In the mean time, be okay with your part. Don’t lose faith when it’s hard or when it looks like we’re going to lose. Stay faithful even when you don’t see what you feel like God has promised.
He’s always good for His promises.
Father – help me to trust you with the big picture and to not lose faith when things get hard. Thank you that your promises are always true. Help me to live that way. In Jesus’ name, amen.