HOW TO LIVE WITH GOD’S “NO”
You really want God to give you something, but He not only turned you down, He told you flat-out “Enough! Speak no more about this!”
Tell that to Moses. Recall that God had used him to bring His people out of Egypt with the endgame of bringing them to the Promised Land. But because of a tragic rebellion, the first generation died out in the wilderness over the next forty years. And who was their leader all through that arduous time? Moses.
When the forty years were up, the second generation was to enter the land. But because Moses made a seemingly innocuous disobedience to God’s instructions, God barred him from entering the Promised Land (read it in Numbers 20).
Moses pleaded with God, only to be rebuffed. “That is enough. Do not speak to me anymore about this matter” (Deuteronomy 3:26).
Harsh? Try unfair.
As if to rub it in, God allowed Moses to climb up a mountain and gaze at the land, “flowing with milk and honey”, from afar. God told him, “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 let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over to it” (Deuteronomy 34:4).
Harsh? Unfair? How about painful? To be denied your heart’s desire? To be denied the culmination of faithful service?
Do you feel like God is being harsh and unfair to you? This pandemic is loaded with stories of heartbreak and unanswered prayer.
But if we doubt God’s goodness, that’s because we have not read the rest of the story.
Many centuries later, Jesus climbed up another mountain. There as He was praying, “the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus” (Luke 9:28-30).
Wow! Moses died without setting foot in the Promised Land. But centuries later, God gave Moses something far better. He was in glorious splendor. He got to meet Elijah. Most of all, he had an audience with Jesus in all His cosmic majesty!
If there is a blessing you are longing for, but God has not yet given it to you and perhaps He has no intention of giving it to you, trust that His goodness is really greater than we think.
He has done it for Moses. He will do it for you and me.
Someday, like Moses, we will at last see Jesus face to face. All the blessings God had promised us will become complete reality. All the shalom God intends for us will be ours. And we will be in a place where there will be no more curse. No more crying. No more death.
Choose life. Choose Jesus Christ.
The goodness of God is greater than you think
In fact, the goodness of God will never, ever end!
Shalom to you.
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