The mountain of Abarim

The mountain of Abarim

“The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into the Abarim Mountains, and from there you will see the land I am giving the Israelites.” Genesis 27:12

Perfect vision — to be able to see what God intends. The photo you see is a view from the mountains of Abarim — quite possibly the same view that Moses saw when he stood there thousands of years ago, looking out over what we refer to as the Promised Land. These mountains of Abarim, are best remembered for the ascent of Mt. Nebo by Moses at the end of his life. Known as “the place of journeyings”, the mountains then represented all of his life, and found him at his death with perfect vision of the inheritance given to the Patriarchs, and his inclusion within it.  Although Moses would never physically step foot in it, God allowed him to see what would be.  I don’t think God did this to say, “see what you’re missing?”  I kind of see God affirming Moses by saying, “look where you led them.”

Notice that God said, “the land I AM GIVING.” He didn’t say that He might give it, or that He hoped to give it. And we know that Joshua followed Moses’ leadership and bravely led the Israelites into that land, because He trusted in God and the vision He had given Moses.

What is vision? “Vision is clear, suggesting that the leader who possesses such vision knows exactly what he wants to achieve and what the end product will look like. This clarity permits a leader to be confident and decisive. Vision focuses on what does not yet exist, but should — a “preferable future.” ~~ George Barna, “Leaders on Leadership”

True vision comes from God – it’s a view of the kind of world God wants us to live within, and when we see with that perspective, we set out to pursue what the world could be as a result of that vision.”

In our “places of journeying”, are we pursuing God’s vision?  And what promised land are we missing because we don’t see with God’s vision?  We can find His perfect view only when He leads us to the mountain, so we see it from His perspective.