2014-10-26 Sermon Simpson UMC “UNFINISHED JOURNEYS” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

Sermon “Unfinished Journeys” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

After forty years of traveling in wilderness, Moses and his people came to a place called Mt. Pisgah or Mt. Nebo. The view from the summit provides a panoramic picture of what is called the Promised Land. Here God showed Moses the Promised Land, which could be considered the peak of Moses’ life. There was only one problem. After showing Moses the land, God said, “I have let you see the Promised Land with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”

If you were Moses standing and looking at the land that you would never enter, how would you feel? Imagine how he felt that day, knowing his life-long journey would be left incomplete. Imagine the tears welling up in his eyes as he looked across the Promised Land. He had risked so much and suffered so long to get here, and now, at the very brink of achieving his goal, he must stop. His journey must be left unfinished.

Not every journey is completed successfully. Many journeys remain unfinished. There’s a saying that goes, “It is not the destination, but the journey that matters.” We may not see the end of everything we begin in life. What matters is how well what we do.

Deuteronomy 34:1-8 New International Version (NIV)

34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”

And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.