My YouVersion reading yesterday (Day 100) told the account of the death of Moses. He had been faithful to God in leading the nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, through the Red Sea and on the edge of the Promised Land. Israel allowed their fear of the inhabitants in the Promised Land to overcome their faith in God. As a result of their disobedience, they were forced to wander in the wilderness.
After 40 years, the day of taking possession of the land arrived, but Moses was unable to lead them in. He didn’t follow God’s instructions so forfeited his right to lead them in.
In Deuteronomy 34, we read of the death of Moses. These following verses contain a pretty powerful testimony to the life he lived:
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.” 5 So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. 8 The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab for thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over. 9 Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 The Lord sent him to perform all the miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, and all his servants, and his entire land. 12 With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel.
Buried by God…imagine the Creator of all things taking on the task of burying one of His servants. It speaks to the relationship that Moses had with God…a face to face relationship like few others had.
When it comes to the end of our lives, what will be written about us?