Opening Up

Today's devotion from Deuteronomy 3.In Deuteronomy 3:21-29, we read about something that we have thought, but really didn't see in Scripture until this point. It would be awkward to anoint Joshua to take his place, but until now we hadn't seen just how heartbroken Moses was by not being allowed to enter into the Promised Land. In fact, it almost feels wrong to read those sad words, "At that time I begged the Lord." (Deuteronomy 3:23, CSB)

This is Moses. He's killed men. He's faced down pharaoh. He's led an entire country on an epic journey. He's seen God move in unimaginable ways. Yet, here, in this moment, he is broken. He cries out, "Please let me cross over and see the beautiful land on the other side of the Jordanthat good hill country and Lebanon." (Deuteronomy 3:25, CSB) Moses was not fine.

You're not the only one that hurts. Even this mighty man of God was brought to his knees when faced with the loss of blessing and the reality that his time is coming to an end and Joshua's is beginning. In Deuteronomy, Moses is opening up.

If Moses can be this transparent, bearing his heart to this nation for generations to come, why is it so hard for us? Why do we wear a mask around the few people who are truly supposed to "get" us in this world? Why can't we open up?

I don't know about you, but for me I think it is fear. I'm afraid of being vulnerable for others to see beyond the persona I project. I'm afraid that people will be disappointed in me. I'm afraid I'll let them down. I'm afraid they will think the trust they place in me is wasted. I guess I'm just afraid.

What's worse, this fear plays into the hands of the Enemy. If I don't open up, if I don't let others in, then I'm preventing real and authentic community from flourishing in the Body of Christ. I'm robbing God of the glory He deserves, and His people from the opportunity to encourage and minister to me. I'm robbing myself of the healing and relationships that I need. Today, you and I both need to pray for strength to open up.