Undimmed Eye, Unabated Vigor

“Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land… And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabatedAnd there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:1,4-7,10-12

What an example is Moses to us! As he breathed, he was faithful to God’s people, and to close his days he pronounced truth and blessing over them, giving his best. After all the years he had led likely two million Israelites through the hot wilderness, when the LORD told him his time to die was near, he didn’t throw in the towel, didn’t complain it was now “his” time, he deserved better, or a break. No, he kept on climbing, continued conversing with the LORD, and obeyed, to the end. His vision of God’s land for God’s people was as strong as ever, and with lusty vigor, he ascended Mount Nebo to behold it across the Jordan, then peacefully rested in his beloved Lord. A life well-lived, a life worth of emulation.

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When we are weary, feeling the wear of demands, requests, responsibilities, needs before us that we do not know how to meet, have we allowed these pressures to dim our vision of what really matters? Do we spend vigor on what does not last, or have eternal value, and wonder why we am sapped of energy necessary for the priorities the Lord has made clear? Certainly Moses grew tired his long days of journeying, settling conflicts, listening to incessant whining; yet, his vigor for the eternal, for communion with his God, was unabated. His secret store of strength came from an inner life fueled by his Sovereign, an eternal perspective that never wavered because of circumstances or emotion. Would that we can do the same!

Lord on high, as You daily bid me rise, may I shine, redeem the time, and be spent for Thee. Sanctify my sight, infuse me with Your zeal and vigor from age to age. You are the LORD, the Giver of every breath, and my times are in Your hands. (Job 12:10; Psalm 31:15; Isaiah 60:1-2,5,15,16; Ephesians 5:16)

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