DEUTERONOMY 3.24-28 (NIV)

24 “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? 25 Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.”

26 But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. 28 But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”

A NEW LEADER FOR A NEW SEASON

Moses was the greatest prophet in the Old Testament. He answered God’s call from a burning bush to liberate his people from slavery in Egypt. He had to confront Pharaoh, his magicians, and his army. It did not look good, but through his mighty hand, God would set his people free.

Through Moses, God would then establish a covenant with Israel. And in the wilderness, God miraculously provided them with food and water. The Spirit of God would guide them by pillar of fire and pillar of cloud. And the Lord of Heaven Armies would go to war in their behalf.

All these things happened under the leadership of Moses. And yet in the end, God would not allow Moses to enter into the Promised Land. Instead, God told him to pass on his mantle of leadership to Joshua. God knew that Moses would not be able to properly lead the people into the Promised Land.

God would say to Moses before he died that this is a punishment because Moses and Aaron had broken faith with him. Moses had not give proper respect for the holiness of God. When the people of Israel again complained to Moses that they would die of thirst, after years and years being provided with Manna from heaven, Moses lost it. He struck the rock like he did before but without asking and waiting to hear from God.

When we read the Pentateuch, it is not that hard to see why Moses did what he did. He had to spend the second half of his life leading a bunch of ungrateful and faithless former slaves in the middle of nowhere. They kept failing over and over again. It was hard to see how these people would be able to change into faithful and courageous people. Moses could not see them changing so Moses gave up on the people. And that is exactly why Moses failed.

FAITH IS THE ABILITY TO SEE THAT GOD WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

At that moment in Zin, Moses had lost faith. He became frustrated and lost faith that God could transform these bunch of losers into conquerors. For the first time ever, Moses had become what he hated the most. Just like the people he was angry with, Moses too lost faith in God. Moses could not see beyond the problems in the wilderness and that is why he would not lead God’s people into the Promised Land.

Just like Moses, we too often find ourselves stuck in the same situation over and over again. We keep giving money to some people and they never pay us back. Someone said a hurtful thing, we get upset, they apologize and promise that they would never do it again. And they would say another hurtful thing the week after. We keep offering training for our staff but no one would ever respond. It is easy to lose sight on the Promised Land when we keep struggling with the same thing over and over again in the wilderness.
Faith requires vision. Faith requires a clear vision of what God can do in our lives today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives. On the other hand, when it is getting harder to see what God can do, the harder it is to keep the faith. When we stop expecting God to do something, then we have lost hope as well.

MORE VISION MORE FAITH

Most of us have lost the ability to imagine a better future. We say we believe. We say we have hope. But for many of us, we do not even know what to pray for anymore. How can we keep praying in faith if we do not even know what to expect anymore?

So what we need to do now is to restore God’s vision in our lives. We need a revision – a fresh revelation from God to guide us to where we need to go. The only way we can escape the drudgery of our situation is by fixing in our minds God’s picture of what lies on the other side.

Therefore, let us revision our lives. Not just by better managing our time or by taking better care of our finances, but by asking God to show us a vision of what can be, or better yet, what will be. That means reading the Bible and hear the voice of God. It can also mean spending time prayer to ask God for a fresh vision into our lives.

But maybe what we need to do is just to sit in silence. Sit and imagine. Ask God to give us divine imagination – prophetic imagination. Do not be afraid to wait in silence. Do not leave until you can see again what will be and what can be.

And when God gives you that vision, then run with it. Do not wait for someone to give you permission. No need to explain your calling to the ones who do not care for you. Just keep that vision fresh in your mind every single day and pray in faith that God will do something in your life. Then we will see that our God is the God that can make a difference in every situation.