A Heavenly Vision
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)
The Lord took Moses to the peak of Mount Nebo to die. He looked down at all the land of Canaan where he would 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 inheritance that would be far more glorious than any earthly inheritance.
That moment on Mount Nebo must have been bittersweet.
He would not enter the land he had 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 often tend to dwell on Moses temporal loss of not being able to cross the Jordan river instead of the far greater gain with his glorious passage into the eternal promised land.
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 is often said that people can be so heavenly minded that they are no 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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