Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched 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 4:1-5 NASB
We live in a world of slick advertising tailored to whatever Alexa hears us say in our living rooms and kitchens. Custom messages for products ‘magically’ appear in our FB and Insta feeds and on Google. We are presented with enticements that seem so well fit for the moment in our lives. And, it works! We are persuaded of our need and we buy stuff. Persuasiveness was not a quality Moses felt he possessed. He didn’t have search engines, focus groups, and digital marketing. So, when God sent him to persuade a million people to leave the homes they knew and go to a place they had never been, he was reluctant, to say the least. God answered Moses’ doubtful nature by asking ‘what’s in your hand’? God was saying I can take any ordinary person and whatever they do have at the moment and use them for My extraordinary purposes.
How about me? What is in my hand? How could God use it and me to accomplish something great?
God, as this day begins- I sense a great call from You to be and do many things for the sake of Your people, the gospel, and the world. I praise You that I have my family alongside and for the simple resources You have afforded. Meet me with Your presence and miracle working power in all of it. I give this day to You. Let’s accomplish something great. I am ready to throw down and pick up that which is in my hands.