“And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon. But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter” (Deuteronomy 3:23-26).
Today’s Morsel: I like reading the Pentateuch, or the first five books credited with being written by Moses, in the Bible. There is just so much wonderful information in them for a pastor and leader that it would make many wonder how one man could find himself responsible for so many. This wasn’t an easy task for Moses. But he had a promise from God to help him. All Moses had to do was lead. God would take care of the scouting for the enemy, defense, protection, communications, and logistics which are the five major needs of an army. Moses, in the book of Deuteronomy, in his recapitulation to this new generation, as the old had died off in the wilderness because of their murmuring and rebellion, felt a need to share with them how they must not do the things that their forefathers had done and also remind them of the importance of God’s laws, status, commandments, and precepts. He told them that he was not being allowed to lead them into the promised land because their forefather had caused him to do something contrary to what God told him to do. And even when he wanted to go over by asking God again, God told him, “Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.” In other words, God was saying, My decision is made, so don’t ask me again. Always remember, God doesn’t repent. If you violate what He tells you to do there is a consequence. Salvation is not free. It requires obedience to God’s word.
Sing: Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise, for it was grace that brought my liberty. I do not know just why He came to love me so, He looked beyond my faults and saw my need. I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary, to view the cross where Jesus died for me. How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul. He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.
Thought For Today: Obey and let God sweat the big stuff (Parker)