Moses was nearing the end of his life, and the children of Israel were ready to cross into the Promised Land. More in a moment. In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 18, Jesus says, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Moses had led the people out of Egypt and through their sojourn in the desert. He made it to the banks of the Jordan river, but would not lead the people to their final destination. God had told him as much. In today’s first reading from Deuteronomy 31, he tells the people this, and gives them instructions as they prepare to enter the land that God had promised them.
It would probably be easy for Moses to have been bitter. After all, he had dedicated his life to leading the people. Yet, he would not take that final step and finish the task. Even still, he was at peace. This was God’s will. Maybe you’ve experience something similar. A failed business or relationship, perhaps. After many years of blood, sweat and tears you can’t reach the conclusion. Who knows, perhaps God has another plan? A better plan? When we remain obedient and at peace, we’ll surely find out what that is.
Father, may we always be open to whatever your plan is for our lives, especially when it conflict with our plans. Amen.