Deut. 34:1-4, “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 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.”
By this time, Moses was ripe in age yet strong and his eyesight was clear (Deut. 34:7) and God instructs Moses to climb to the highest part of the mountain to look around. As he’s standing there God essentially tells Moses, “See all this land? The land I promised to your forefathers? You’re not going.” What?! We can only imagine what Moses must have thought at the time. Think about it. God used Moses to lead 600,000 plus complaining Israelites out of Egypt, part the Red Sea, and deliver the Ten Commandments yet he’s not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why? Because of disobedience (Numbers 20:12).
Deut. 32:48, 51, “…the Lord told Moses …you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.”
Moses was almost there but because Moses struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it as God instructed (Numbers 20:8-11), he didn’t experience his breakthrough.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced situations when our “almost there” is just around the corner then suddenly something happens. For instance, you’re in the final stages of a job interview and feel good about the outcome resulting in an offer of employment. Then at the last minute you receive an email stating the potential employer will not hire you because they’ve decided to go in a different direction. Could this different direction be a result of disobedience we’ve committed knowingly or unknowingly?
Jesus completes everything He starts. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8), beginning and the end, and He will perfect all that concerns us (Psalm 138:8) if we submit our circumstances to Him. However, we have to meet Him half way and that is to be obedient, even when we don’t feel like it. To be obedient means to know and love Him by spending time developing and nurturing a relationship with Him.
I pray that your “almost there” be canceled and your obedience towards “right here” manifests.
Thank God for the victory!