Then Moses went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; (Deuteronomy 34:1 NLT)
|Keep Your Eye On The Prize|
The Lord took Moses to the peak of Mount Nebo to die. He looked down at all the land of Canaan where will not be permitted to enter. With death on his doorstep, at some point, he must have stopped looking down and peered upward to his heavenly Canaan that would be far more glorious than any earthly inheritance.
That moment on Mount Nebo must have been bittersweet. He will not enter the land he has sought his whole life but takes great delight in knowing that Joshua and his people will fulfill his quest. At this point in the story, we tend to dwell on the temporal loss instead of the eternal gain, his inability to cross the Jordan River instead of the glorious passage of that great river. The moment he passed from life to death, his remembrance of Canaan must have paled in comparison to the splendor of his heavenly inheritance. He was finally home with the Lord. It has often said that people can be so heavenly minded that they are not earthly good. I am sure this can be true, but it is also correct that you can be so earthly minded that you have no heavenly vision.
My dear Christian friends, no matter how glorious the past was, the future is always brighter. There is great satisfaction in our temporal pursuits, but our eternal rewards are always greater. So my blessed brothers and sisters keep your eye on the prize, and the prize is nothing less than the Lord Jesus himself.
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Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing