At the end of Deuteronomy 3, Moses cries out for God to hear him and relent concerning his judgment which would leave Moses out of the Promised Land, though it was Moses who “put up” with them (humanly speaking) through 40 years of grumbling and faltering.
God told Moses, “No.” What are we to make of this harsh judgment? There are many things to say about the justice and goodness of God in relation to the manner in which He dealt with Moses, but it is sufficient for today to contemplate the manner in which God’s judgments are first judgments designed to accomplish His will. His will is always good toward His people.
In the Kingdom (and here comes a cheesy acrostic analogy), the “I” comes second. The “K” for the king comes first, and this with good reason. If we genuinely trust that the King is benevolent, we will understand that His will must come first, before ours. Of course Moses wanted to enter the Promised Land, but he could understand the kingdom only from his personal perspective. God understood the kingdom from an eternal perspective and knew, for many reasons, that Moses should not enter. Like Moses, we must learn not merely to “submit” to God’s will, but to trust God Himself and know that His will is good for us, His people.