48 On that same day the Lord told Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people.51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
The true value in walking with God ultimately has nothing to do with what we have received or will receive in return for our walk. The true value of walking with God is simply that: the walk. As we walk we receive insight into his character and are welcomed into a relationship with him that is close, personal. This walk only reveals truth and is grounded in love.
A true relationship is “being” and not “getting.” Being with that person is the only reward you seek. From this understanding of God and our experience with him, we are then prepared to face the confrontation between God’s will and our own with complete understanding. If our walk is based on the expectation that our efforts will reward us, we will be left bitter. However, if our walk is anchored in the walk itself, the experience of walking with God as his beloved child will remove any preconceived notions of what we will receive or what he is supposed to provide. The walk with God cannot survive disappointment if avoiding disappointment was the motivating factor for walking in the first place. A genuine walk with God results in heartfelt thanksgiving of blessings received along with “blessings” withheld. It is never about the getting or the giving. It is simply walking.