What’s That in Your Hand [Part 1]

Are you ready for some good news?

The grace of God isn’t off in the distance; its at hand.

Today’s Text: Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lorddid not appear to you.’ ” The Lordsaid to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” (Exodus 4:1-2)

Moses was reluctant, nervous and unconvinced even though the Almighty had spoken to him from within a bush burning with brilliant fire. The skeptical Moses complained that the people would not believe him or listen to his voice. That’s why God asked Moses the question.

It’s an odd thing when an omniscient being asks you a question. An all-knowing deity doesn’t ask a question in order to gain information! God knew all of Moses’ thoughts (and yours and mine of course).  But in asking the question, God made Moses ready for the simplicity and power of the object lesson the Lord was about to give.

Moses declared that he had, well, a staff. Just an ordinary shepherd’s staff—nothing more than a stick. But, when Moses tossed the stick to the ground per the Lord’s instructions, it became a snake. Then, when also upon God’s command, Moses picked up the snake, it became a staff again.

God didn’t ask Moses to pull a secret sword from a stone or a find a hidden jewel in a cave.  He just used the simplest, plainest object that was already in Moses’ hand. Moses didn’t have money, prestige, or an ability to speak with golden eloquence. He just had a stick and that was enough.

What’s in your hand? It doesn’t really matter what it is. God can use it if you make it available to Him. It might be the most ordinary, unlikely thing you could ever imagine. But it’s in your hand and God can use it.

Sometimes the greatest miracle isn’t far off; it’s as close as your own hand. And that’s the Gospel!


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