“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:3-7 TNIV)
When God gives a dream, a destiny, a land to be possessed; have you noticed that often it does not happen overnight?
God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the promised land. On the day Moses was called, he did not have any idea of the obstacles he would encounter to walk out his destiny.
After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died in sight of the promised land but not in the promised land. Doesn’t this seem unfair! Was Moses a failure? Did Moses not walk into his destiny?
“There has never again been a prophet in Israel like Moses. The [Lord] spoke face to face with him …” (Deuteronomy 34:10)
Perhaps our human perspective of what our destiny should look like sometimes gets overshadowed by our own opinions of what success is. Perhaps God’s success looks different than what we think it should look like.
The Bible says that there was never a prophet in Israel like Moses. In other words, Moses definitely was not a failure. He definitely walked into his destiny; however, in our earthly thinking, it appears like Moses did not walk into the promised land. He made a mistake … he failed.
We are human! We all make mistakes. Does that mean God says our destiny is ruined because of our mistakes?
I believe that God viewed the overall success of Moses in being that He spoke face to face with Moses. Moses’ success was not determined by what he accomplished on earth – it was ultimately determined on his relationship with God. It was determined by Moses following God and being with God. When Moses was with God face to face, Moses walked in his destiny.
Moses was called to lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land. He was a success – the children of Israel arrived!
In the end, even when Moses had messed up a bit during his lifetime, God’s big picture perspective says that Moses was a success and that Moses walked into his destiny. Because of Moses’ faith and relationship with God, his small human failures were wiped away in light of the big picture of eternity.
Sometimes we put heavy weights on ourselves of having to always get it right. Sometimes failures can be used by God. God has through every generation used the stories of Moses to help and teach us.
“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:1-3)
There are so many people in the Old Testament that Jesus could have talked to in front of Peter, James, and John. However, Moses again was brought into the limelight for all generations to see that he definitely was in the promised land in Heaven. God fulfilled Moses’ destiny in spite of some human failures. God’s perspective is different than ours.
Has God given you a dream? Do you sometimes fret and get annoyed and push and try to make it happen in your own strength? I have been there! We all have been there!
Keep your relationship with God as the central purpose of your life. Hear His words, and do what He says. Don’t look at the results around you with human eyes.
Perhaps the results you are seeing right now are not even close to what you think they should look like in earthly success … BUT God!! Yes, GOD!!! God knows your destiny, and He knows what true success is. Trust Him! Be still and have patience and see God’s hand fulfill your destiny!
In Matthew 14, Peter was so bold and said, “Jesus, if it is really you, call me to come into the water.” Jesus called.
Peter boldly jumped out of the boat and into the water. After a few steps, Peter looked down at the waves. He heard the wind. He saw that there was nothing from a human earthly perspective to keep him from sinking and drowning. There was no earthly foundation only water which humans cannot walk on.
Peter took his eyes off Jesus and cried, “Jesus save me!” Of course, whenever His eyes were back on Jesus, he was saved. But Peter did walk on the water when he kept his eyes on Jesus and not the perspectives of an earthly human .
Take your eyes off earthly results and set your perspective on the things of God and not what you see around you. No matter if everything around you resounds with the words “failure” – know that God’s destiny for you is not failure. Don’t look at the waves and the impossibilities.
Look into Jesus’ eyes .. walk to Him with your eyes never faltering from His … grab unto Him and keep moving one step, another step, another step … don’t stop!
Someday you will be able to see the big picture perspective and see what God did with your walk of faith on earth. Let Heaven’s perspective come to earth … and let God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven in your life.
When others see with earthly eyes, choose to look into God’s eyes and see life from His perspective instead of through the darkly coloured sunglasses of earthly humans.