“Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance’” (Deuteronomy 31:7).
Having been disobedient to God and subsequently denied the opportunity to enter the Promise Land, Moses could have easily become bitter that God’s plan was now transitioning to the next generation of leaders (It always does). Instead of sulking, withdrawing, becoming resentful, undermining the new leadership, and criticizing, he chose instead to bless and release Joshua; that he might guide them into God’s future; a future that would look vastly different from the things with which Moses was familiar. While immaturity seeks to recover a lost past and hold everyone hostage to those memories, mature and wise believers always look for ways to bless the faith journey of the generations coming after them. Like Moses, it is the means to finishing well.