Thursday, January 6, 2022
Into God’s Presence
“Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever” (Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJV).
As we get older, we realize that we have limitations. And sometimes when people get older, they begin to disconnect. They not only retire from their work, but sometimes they retire from their spiritual lives too.
That wasn’t the case with Moses. He finished his race well. The Bible tells us that “he went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho” (Deuteronomy 34:1 NKJV).
Moses was 120 years old at this point, so I’m pretty impressed that he could climb this mountain. And he made it to the very top.
The Bible goes on to say, “And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean Sea; the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘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 now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land’” (verses 1-4 NKJV).
God didn’t do this to depress Moses. Rather, He was saying, “Look, Moses, here’s the land. I keep my promises. I’m going to do what I said I would.”
Moses understood that he was going to die, yet he wasn’t afraid. He finished his race well.
If you’re a Christian, you don’t have to be afraid to die, either. In fact, the apostle Paul reminds us that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 NKJV).
And why is dying “gain” for the Christian? Because we go to Heaven, into the very presence of God.
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