Moses is a name found on most any list of Biblical greats…a hero, a leader, a faithful servant. His great accomplishments are many and miraculous. Yet, if you look back to the time when God first called him to lead the Israelites, he was not a cooperative volunteer. He was more of a reluctant recruit. He expressed many fears about God’s plan for him. He feared the people wouldn’t believe him or listen to him. He felt inadequate for the task and incompetent as a spokesman appointed to lead a nation. God convinced Moses that it was not by human strength that God’s will would be accomplished, but in God’s power. God is great! Moses wasn’t. God is powerful! Moses wasn’t.
Exodus 4:1-5; Ex 4:10-17
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” (Exodus 4:2-5)
God showed Moses that the staff he held in his hand was enough to accomplish God’s purpose. God brought about the 10 plagues, the parting of the Red sea, and brought water from a rock with that staff. It was just a staff, but with God the ordinary becomes extraordinary. We all hold things in our hand that God wants to use, but we like Moses have many excuses about why we can’t follow God’s call. Awesome things happen for God’s Kingdom when we allow God to use what we hold in our hand for his glory.
What in your life have you allowed God to use? How is that going? What is in your hand that you need to allow God to use? Is it a talent or skill? Is it a pen or a phone? Is it money? Is it time?
Open your heart and hands to God. Think of what you have that God can use to grow his kingdom.
Dear Lord, continue to call me and to ask me to use who I am and what I have for your glory. Help me to trust you as you lead me in new paths. Help me to have faith and not to fear because with your power my ordinary becomes your extraordinary. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.