All You Need is in Your Hand…

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”…

Exodus 4:1-4

I had an opportunity again this week to use Moses as an example for one of my clients. The situation was when Moses was at the “burning bush”, where he received his call to free the Israelites from Egyptian oppression.

No one knew better than Moses the power and might of Egypt. Moses had grown up in the splendor of the Pharaoh’s court, and he was acquainted with the cruelty and crushing military power of Egypt. God was challenging Moses to be the man to lead his people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Moses, quite naturally, I think, resisted God’s direct call, pleading that he was no match for the Egyptian might.

God agreed that Moses was not up to the task, nor was anyone acting alone, but with God’s power on his side, Moses could do anything. Moses was not convinced until God showed Moses the amazing, miraculous power of his simple shepherd’s staff –the one he held in his hand- the one he took for granted.

After God showed Moses what He could do with even a simple shepherd’s crook, Moses came to see the truth of God’s call. With God’s might, even Moses could overcome the incredible odds he faced at the hands of Pharaoh’s armies.   

We have all we need in our hand, even when we do not see it.

Prayer: Help us see what we have when we lean on your power through us, Amen

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