Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”  And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “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: 1-4

After 40 years of tending sheep in the wilderness, this one time prince of Egypt was in a very humble position.

God confronts him, calling out through the burning bush. In this conversation, Moses is asked by God to go to Pharoh and lead the people of Israel out of slavery. At first, he doubts himself saying, “who am I?” Next, Moses doubts God saying “who are you?” And now Moses is terribly afraid of man, questioning what will happen if they don’t believe. God’s response was simple. He asked, “What is in your hand?”

Moses held a dead and lifeless stick. It was only when given to God that the lifeless stick became something more. The stick filled with life and became a dangerous snake. God empowered the rod once Moses did with it as God instructed. It was an ordinary stick of little value that had a common use. It was unnoticed as a symbol of deliverance until touched by God.

Men, do not limit yourself by your own standards or by the standards of this world. When you write off who you are, your purpose, or your power, you are in the right position to be used by God. You can’t, but He can. You are the rod.

DO THIS TODAY: Start reminding yourself who you are when used by God.

 

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