|You Shall Not Cross Over|
|Written by Shannon Moore|
|Thursday, 10 May 2012|
This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants.” DEUTERONOMY 34:4
The reading I listed above (and I hope you'll read it!) is the last chapter of the book of Deuteronomy. It also marks the end of the story of the Israelites’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Under Moses’ leadership, the Israelites have traveled through the desert, enduring hunger and thirst, on God’s timetable—the journey took forty years!
Moses did not complain about being denied his “right” to see the Promised Land, because he knew that in our lives nothing is guaranteed. We are not promised easy or fair lives. Neither are we assured of good health or wealth or old age. The only thing we can know with certainty is the love of God our Creator and the saving grace of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. And if at the end of our lives, we can stand in God’s presence and see that we have helped lead people to a better future, then we will know that we have lived well indeed.
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