You Have Compassed this Mountain Long Enough | Specially the Day | Ye Were the Fewest |Blessings shall Come Upon Thee and Overtake Thee | Let it Suffice Thee
LOOK FOR A REALLY FUN SUMMER ANNOUNCEMENT IN THIS VIDEO. This will be one of our sweetest weeks of study. Today we say goodbye to Moses. This is a looking back. It is all of the best stories and memories and lessons from his life in one day. Prepare your heart for the inspiration of a wise and good soul. This week in Come, Follow Me we will be studying Deuteronomy
He smiled, spoke softly, and then rushed past me into the darkness to go on with his work. I took a few steps toward the house, thinking of what he was doing for us, and just as I got to the door, I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.”
I went inside. I didn’t go to bed. Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard in my mind. I was supposed to record for my children to read, someday in the future, how I had seen the hand of God blessing our family. Grandpa didn’t have to do what he was doing for us. He could have had someone else do it or not have done it at all. But he was serving us, his family, in the way covenant disciples of Jesus Christ always do. I knew that was true. And so I wrote it down, so that my children could have the memory someday when they would need it.
Brothers and sisters, think of the special experiences you have been blessed with in your life that have given you conviction and joy in your heart. Remember when you first knew that Joseph Smith was God’s prophet of the Restoration? Remember when you accepted Moroni’s challenge and knew that the Book of Mormon was indeed another testament of Jesus Christ? Remember when you received an answer to fervent prayer and realized that your Heavenly Father knows and loves you personally? As you contemplate such special experiences, don’t they give you a sense of gratitude and resolve to go forward with renewed faith and determination?
I have become attached to Moses. The book of Numbers has given me a great love and admiration for a man I knew very little about before I read the entire Old Testament. Saying farewell is tugging at my heartstrings. This part of the story is hard to take in. It is hard to fathom why Moses isn’t the prophet who leads Israel into the promised land. Our hearts wonder if it is fair. We might argue that he earned the right. But from Moses we learn an important lesson–God’s will for us is good. Always. We must trust that principle even when we don’t understand it.
Often, the perfect end we conceive in our hearts falls short of the great things the Lord has in store for us. From Moses we learn that sometimes the Lord prepares a different ending from what we had envisioned, but it is always the right ending. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount… and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people… And Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Let the Lord … set a man over the congregation, which may go out before them… and which may bring them in.
And the Lord said unto Moses, take thee Joshua… and give him a charge in their sight” (Numbers 27:12-19).
It is touching to see how meekly Moses received the sentence from the Lord. Faithful to the end over his people, his chief concern was that God would appoint a new leader to guide the children of Israel. Once he knew the people would be cared for, his thoughts shifted to the pain of not being with them as they entered the promised land. In Moses’ weakness we see so clearly a hint of our own. Moses longed to share what was before Israel. Of course he wanted to have part in the conquest and the rest that would follow in the promised land. “He had believed in it; he had preached it; he had prayed for it; he had laboured, borne, fought for it. And now within reach and view of it must he lay himself down to die?”
Scripture records, with touching detail, what passed between Moses and the Lord. “O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand …. pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan…. And the Lord said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter (Deutetonomy 3:24-26; emphasis added). Two phrases within that verse stand out to me: thou hast begun and Let it suffice thee. First, we learn that Moses had just begun to see the greatness of the Lord. In 120 years, at the very end of his life, he had just begun. There is a great lesson there. And second, I love the words let it suffice thee- as if the Lord was saying, This is enough, find joy in this much, and then trust me. Moses would not lead the people into the promised land, but he would have the privilege of seeing it, and then he would have to trust the will of the Lord, that it was good.
“Thus, amid the respectful silence of a mourning people, Moses set out alone upon his last journey. All the way up to the highest top of Pisgah the eyes of the people must have followed him. They could watch him as he stood there in the sunset, taking his full view of the land- there to see for himself how true and faithful Jehovah had been.”
When we think of Moses we must remember, he did stand on the goodly mountain within the promised land. And we must also remember that there, on the top of Pisgah, God prepared something better for Moses than even entrance into that land. “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10). -EBF (From Don’t Miss This in the Old Testament Devotional Book)