“Instead…Encourage”

“‘That’s enough!’ God declared. ‘Speak of it no more. But go up to Pisgah Peak, and look over the land…but you may not cross the Jordan River. Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan…”

Deuteronomy 3:26-28

After conquering two kingdoms east of the Jordan, Moses encouraged Joshua that GOD was going to do the same in the Promised Land...“Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.”

Strangely, Moses halted his charge to Joshua and began pleading with God, “Please let me cross the Jordan to see the wonderful land…” The answer was final… “Speak of it no more…go look over the land, but you may not cross the Jordan.” As God continued, it was quite evident that INSTEAD of worrying about his own heart’s longing, God wanted Moses to give the rest of his life for the longing of GOD’s heart. INSTEAD of Moses leading the people across Jordan, God wanted him to commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him to lead.

I may not be 120 years old like Moses, but I too have reached the age where I no longer lead people. INSTEAD, God asks me to encourage and strengthen the younger ones to lead. However, God’s words to Moses make me wonder...do I ever plead with God about what MY heart wants INSTEAD of focusing on HIS heart? Perhaps like Moses, God wants me to climb up to HIS viewpoint, and then I too will spend the rest of my days encouraging the next generation across their Jordan!



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