I stood on Mt. Nebo in Jordan at the spot where God showed Moses the promised land that he would never enter. My heart was filled with wonder at the thought of Moses’ journey of faith in God and in the promise.
Moses has always been one of my favorite characters in the Old Testament. He lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to freedom and then faithfully lead them for years in the wilderness.
The Iraelites’ journey and their struggle to trust God is often a great parallel to my own journey of faith. The children of Israel struggled to trust God. They complained, doubted God and at one point thought that slavery in Egypt was better than freedom in the wilderness. Yet in all of that, God provided everything they needed to live.
Looking out at the vast view of Mt. Nebo toward Jericho and beyond, the word freedom ran over and over in my mind. I thought I had a good grasp of the word freedom, until I spent a day in Jordan visiting the baptismal site of Jesus and the place where Moses stood to look out at the promised land. Two places representing promises made and promises being fulfilled.
And then I thought about Moses and his final moments on this mountaintop. I think Moses knew he was going to the greater promise land and with every step he took in life on earth, he held onto that greater promise.
In that moment with God, on the same mountain where Moses once stood, my heart was filled with peace at the reminder that not one of God’s promises will ever fail.
“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
God, thank you for the peace you give that is never ending. Grant us the deeper understanding of your peace and help us to truly accept it as the incredible gift it is. May our hearts be a resting place for your peace and may we lean into the beautiful promise that you are with us always. Thank you that your promises never fail.