Was Moses Successful?

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 says, “1And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, 2And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 3And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 4And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. 5So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 6And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. 7And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 8And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. 9And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses. 10And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 12And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses showed in the sight of all Israel.”
Was Moses successful? This puzzling question probably cannot be answered in a website devotional, but here are some questions and truths to analyze:
First of all, what is success? Success in the kingdom of God is totally different from the world’s definition of success. From the world’s perspective. success is the overflow of wealth, which includes the greatest income, biggest house, nicest cars, most complete family and incredible fame and popularity. It is about outdoing everyone else, and this polluted definition of success fuels competition that only infiltrates jealousy, pride, greed and selfishness. On the flip side, success in the kingdom is simply walking in daily devotion and obedience to God’s will and Word. It is mirroring the life of Christ with the hopes of reaching out to others with His goodness, love and mercy. It is having a healthy family while fulfilling every purpose God has for you. This is true success!
In viewing success, was Moses successful because he led Israel out of Egyptian bondage or unsuccessful because he did not lead them into the promise land? Moses was successful because he had an intimacy with God that many in world history have not obtained. He was successful when he was obedient, and if the reason he died in the wilderness without reaching the promise was because he led a generation of complainers and murmurers, he would still be successful. However, the blemish on his legacy that marked him was his disobedience when he smote the rock for the second time when God commanded him to speak to it in the second round. Why was God frustrated? Because this rock represented the Rock, who is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus was only beaten and whipped once for our salvation and healing, but this second round was to foreshadow the authority we now have as believers to speak directly to Jesus Christ as our intercession aligns with the intercession of heaven, which brings immediate answers to prayers. It gives us the ability to speak to our mountains to be removed and cast into the sea. We can see and never obtain the promise because of disobedience. Disobedience makes us unsuccessful in the kingdom of God!
Although he did not step into the promise, he was not limited by this one act. His righteousness and pursuit of God’s glory marked Joshua forever! He paved the way for Joshua to be successful by leading a generation from the wilderness and into the promise. Success for Joshua was that the elders who outlived him would serve God (Joshua 24:31). Could Moses be considered unsuccessful simply because he did not make it to the promise? No. He was successful because his positioned the next generation to step in and take what rightfully belonged to them. If we encourage the next generation to not fall into the trap of complaining and murmuring, being argumentative and divisive, but rather pursue the heart of the Father, then we will forever be successful!