What's That in Your Hand?


Many people are waiting for just the right time, the right training, or the right tools, in order to fulfill their God-given purpose in life. Way back in the Book of Exodus, Moses shared this same attitude.

When the LORD first called him from the burning bush, Moses was afraid to take on the awesome task of leading God’s People to freedom. “Who am I?” was Moses’ initial response to God’s calling, to which the LORD responded, “Certainly I will be with you.” Our key passage is found in Exodus 4:1-4:

Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’” The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”--so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand. Deuteronomy 1:6-7

The rod in the hand of Moses demonstrated God’s power and authority on earth. It’s what Moses used to bring plagues to Egypt, and to part the Red Sea. The key point to note, however, is that Moses didn’t receive anything new from God. The rod, or staff, in his hand was something that he already possessed from his humble shepherding occupation. The only difference now was that Moses took what he already possessed, and turned it over to the LORD.

You too already have things in your possession which, when committed to the LORD, will bring God’s presence into the world. Don’t wait to receive anything new from God. What you have in your hand is all you need.

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