God spoke to Moses: “You are about to die. So call Joshua. Meet me in the Tent of Meeting so that I can commission him.” So Moses and Joshua went and stationed themselves in the Tent of Meeting. God appeared in the Tent in a Pillar of Cloud. The Cloud was near the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. Deuteronomy 31:14 MSG
Did you ever wonder what went through Moses’ mind when God told him that he was about to die? It could have been a number of things. Hoped He’d forgot about that one crazy bit of angry disobedience, striking the rock. Perhaps somehow thought God would disregard it because he spent so much time with Him?
One thing God doesn’t do is forget. Once He says it, the Word is set into motion for the appointed time. He said it’s appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgement. Everyone of us has a date on the calendar when we will stand before God to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord”, Or the other, “You knew this day was coming. Your lack of preparation doesn’t give you a pass on judgement. Depart down to share your masters fate.”
I’m certainly glad that God is not a dictator who forces His will on us. No, He gives us choices.
I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19 MSG
It’s a choice He offers you, like a multiple choice on a test. He even gives you the answer but it’s still in your court. He is life, a far richer life than what you think the world holds.