But, you will say, surely it might have been as well if Moses had lived to have seen Joshua win the country. Would this have been desirable? Do active men find much delight in sitting still and seeing others take the lead? Moreover, had Moses lived, he would before long have felt those infirmities from which he had for one hundred and twenty years been screened: is it so very desirable to survive one’s powers, and to be a tottering old man amidst constant battles? Peace suits age; age agrees not with war’s alarms.
Had Moses remained the leader of the people, he might have injured the glory of his former days.
Have we not seen aged men survive their wisdom?
Have not their friends wished that they had closed their career long before?
Have we not seen pastors, once able and efficient, holding to their pulpits to the injury of the churches they once edified?
Oh that men would have wisdom enough not to undo in their age what they have wrought in their youth! Moses is removed before this evil can happen to him, and it is well.
Spurgeon, C. H. (2005). Exploring the Mind and Heart of the Prince of Preachers: Five-Thousand Illustrations Selected from the Works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (545–546). Oswego, IL: Fox River Press.