Why did God not let Moses cross over the Jordon to set foot in the promised land before he died? Partly it was because of his sin, but there is more to it than that. Moses’ life serves as a kind of analogy for us. He comes to an end of a long and fruitful life – and it stops. He does not see the fulfillment of his dreams and aspirations. He must await a resurrection for that.
Likewise, we – who live today and seek to do God’s will – will not get our reward at death. But our next conscious moment will be a resurrection in which we see Jesus face to face. The one who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion. Death is not the end; it is merely a dramatic pause in the story.
LORD, help us to live fully until the end – knowing that it is not really the end.