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Scripture: 2 Chronicles 34

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Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12

When we read this part of Moses' epitaph and think of all the mighty power and all the miracles he did, many of us tend to think, Moses is in another league. I can't touch him. This life I've observed amounts to just another theoretical study. It almost mocks me, because I'm light years from Moses.

What a colossal error we make if we come to such a faulty deduction. Moses was unique, certainly, but he was just a man in the service of God. Still, we can learn much of personal benefit from his life and death.

The secret of fulfilment in life is involvement.

When you're planning on retirement, don't plan on checking out with people or with God's Word. If you do, you'll be moving away from that which is eternal, and that's the wrong direction, my friend. So stay in touch. Give until you don't have anything else to give, and then tap into God's reservoirs and give some more. This is what lengthens the meaning and purpose—and sometimes the years—of life.

The secret of reality in life is humility.

If involvement gives life length, then humility gives it breadth. Moses presents us with a beautiful picture of real humanity mixed with deep humility and genuine godliness. Moses never believed his own press reports. He never got lost in his own track record. He never got up in the morning to see what the headlines had to say about his performance the day before. He stayed real, believable, and humble.

The secret of happiness in life is perspective.

If involvement gives life length and humility gives it breadth, then perspective gives life depth.

Death comes to all of us. And unless our Lord comes in the clouds for us first, that day of departure will arrive...maybe sooner, maybe later. We have no control over that, but we do have control over the way we live, right up to the moment we leave this planet.

Moses teaches us that, regardless of whether we live or die, God remains worthy of our praise. It must be our goal, then, as it was the goal of Moses, to bring honour to Him, whether by life or by death.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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