What’s that you have in your hand?

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Exodus 4:1-5

Prior to this passage, God had spoken to Moses and commanded him to go to the children of Israel and tell them that he had been sent by God to deliver them out of Egypt. 

Moses being filled with doubt and fear that the people would not believe that the Lord had appeared to him expressed his feelings to the Lord.  The Lord asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” Moses replied, “a rod.” 

God tells Moses to cast the rod on the ground - when he did, it turned into a serpent and back into a rod once he picked it up again. 

God performed this miracle so that the people would believe. 

Just as Moses was reluctant to obey God, many of us are. Not knowing that when God tells you to do something, He also provides all that you need to do it with. 

For Moses it was a simple rod; it may be your voice, time, certain skills and talents, etc. It’s not about what we have, but what we have given to God that really makes the difference.  The rod was nothing in itself, but used by God it became a miracle working power tool. 

Many of us hold potential power tools in our hands and don’t relinquish them to God to be used. 


Some feel ashamed or inadequate, some fear as Moses did, and some of us are simply selfish. 

For those of you who have feelings of shame or inadequacy just know that what you have in your hand right now is more than enough when given to God.  

I Samuel 16:7 says “The Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”  

Those of you that may be fearful should remember the story of David and Goliath. That sling and rocks placed in God’s hands was all that David needed to slay that giant.

Zechariah 4:6, “ Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of host.” 

Many are selfish and don’t want to give up anything for the Lord.

Philippians 2:21 says, “For all seek their own,  not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” 

Jesus laid down his life that we may live.   God is not asking us to physically die but to just give him what we have in our hand that it may be used for His service. 


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