READ: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
- “Lest we forget.” While a common phrase today around memorials (especially military), the original usage was Biblical (Deuteronomy 6:12). Israel was being reminded to keep God at the center lest they forget the source of their existence and sustenance. God knew that His creation was prone to turn inward and become convinced that life was up to them or was because of them.
- At the end of Moses’ life (“not a prophet like Moses”), there had to be a change of leadership. Moses had led Israel out of Egypt, had led them through the wilderness where the previous generation died, and was expected to lead them into the Promised Land. But that was not going to happen. Moses had turned the leadership over to Joshua, and the people had agreed to follow. In reading the final story of Moses, it might be tempting to think it was about him.
- However, the foundation is in 34:4. It is God’s promise, and it will be God who brings it to fulfillment. We must always remember that earthly leaders are nothing more (nor less) than representatives of God. We must never forget that God is the One upon whom we depend. God is the One that provides and sustains. To get wrapped up in human leadership would be to commit the most significant of leadership errors.
- Who are the leaders that have been most influential in your life?
- What made them significant?
- How have they pointed you toward God?
Thank God for those who have led you in the past. Pray for those who are our leaders in the present. Commit to keeping the focus on the Ultimate Leader—God.