“Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.


Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:7-12 (NIV)



When Moses reached the end of his life, there was great mourning over the loss of this man of God. Through it all, Moses stayed with the call God had placed on his life. Remembering back to his encounter with the burning bush in the wilderness, God asked him to go to Egypt to deliver the people from bondage. This decision, even though initially reluctant, was a turning point that changed the trajectory of his life. His obedience unleashed God’s power in a way that had not been experienced. Even though he was obedient in following God back to Egypt, there were many times along his journey that he could have given up. When he faced the Red Sea and the people started complaining, he could have led the people back to Egypt, but he didn’t. When the people were hungry in the desert, he could have forsaken God, but he didn’t. He could have run away from the call of God as the Israelites circled in the desert for years, but he didn’t. He stayed and planted roots in the calling God had placed on his life. Moses’ obedience to God paved the way for the Israelites to enter a new land and a new season of God’s provision. Because he was willing to persist in difficulty, overcome great odds, and walk in obedience, God did something through Moses’ life that is still talked about today.


In our lives, we face turning points where we decide if we will stay in the call God has given to us. Will we walk in obedience even when it is challenging or difficult? The ability to plant deep roots into communities and relationships can give us influence. In investing time and energy, we may reap the harvest of those seeds we planted earlier in a season that comes later. Too many times, we are quick to walk away from the place God has planted us. We can go searching for something that God has not called us to or given us grace to do. While God does direct and even change the course of our lives, staying in persistent obedience to God’s leading is not always easy. Yet, as Moses’ life attests, there is value in seeing something to completion, not only for us today but for future generations.  As we willingly stay where God has planted us, we will see God do things in our lives that we might have otherwise missed, and the testimony of God’s greatness and faithfulness will be told to generations to come.

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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