“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry … Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppresion wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. COME NOW THEREFORE, AND I WILL SEND THEE …”[Exodus 3:7, 9-10].
“And Moses answered and said, But behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is in thine hand? And he said, A ROD. … And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs” [Exodus 4:1-2, 17].
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” [1 Corinthians 1:26-29].
A simple shepherd’s rod was all that Moses had, but with God standing behind it the “rod of Moses” became the “rod of God,” and it would help Moses deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage. It wasn’t “the rod” that had the power, it was “the Hand” behind “the rod.” Today, in our English chapel I shared a few practical thoughts from the story of Moses, his rod, and the purpose of God for his life. They are worth considering:
- God has a special task for all of us to do!
- The task that God has for us to do will result in his being glorified and others being helped!
- God has placed a burden, or passion, in each of our hearts to fulfill what he has called us to do!
- God has, and is, preparing us for this task!
- Give what you have to God and he will use it for the good of others and for his glory!
The Bible is filled with stories of men, women, and even young lads who gave what they had to God and he multiplied it, blessed it, used it for his glory and for the good of others. That same God who spoke to Moses from a burning bush speaks to you and me today, and says, “What is in your hand?” It may not seem like much to you and others, and in all reality, it may not be much, but “little is much when God is in it.”
Turn it over to God and watch him work!