"The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, "A staff.” Exodus 4;2
We have all found ourselves in that space, many more times than we wish to admit. “There is no way I can do this. This marriage is too difficult. Being a mother and holding a full-time job is overwhelming. Trying to go to school and hold my life together is beyond what I can manage. Dealing with this divorce is too painful. I can’t manage with these finances. I just can’t do it God.”
We begin to list all of the things we don’t have, and the list is lengthy.
“I don’t have the time. I don’t have the talent. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the resources. I don’t have the ideas. I don’t have the energy. I don’t have the drive. I don’t have the youth I once had.”
The Bible tells the story of a man God called, along with a group of brick-making slaves, to mount a rebellion against a powerful army. And this man whom God called doubted God. He doubted the calling, he doubted the mission and he doubted his resources. But then God asked him a critical, game-changing question…”Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied, (Exodus 4:2).
The man God called was Moses. And Moses was a shepherd and shepherds used staffs as part of their daily life. God used that simple staff—just a wooden stick really—to do amazing things. You see, Moses didn’t need anything else to accomplish the task God had given him. He was already equipped.
And with a simple staff, Moses turned a river into blood, brought down lighting, thunder and hail and commanded the wind to blow. As a matter of fact, it is fascinating to read, every time Moses did something of impact, he used his staff (Exodus 4:17, 4:20, 7:9-12, 7:15-20, 8:5, 8:16-17, 9:23, 10:13, 14:16).
God will never call you to a purpose, a task, an assignment, or a mission without first giving you the resources to accomplish it. That would be cruel. That would be a set-up. That would not be God.
The issue is that we are often so busy looking somewhere else that we don’t realize that what we need we already have. When we give the simple things we have to God, the little bit of money, the little bit of time, the little bit of energy, when we give them over to God, He makes impossible things with the simplest of resources. That’s the only way we can explain how a piece of wood, attached to the hand of simple shepherd, liberated a group of slaves from the most powerful army of that time.
So stop telling God you can’t. Instead, ask God to help you see the resources He has given you. With the little bit of time, patience, knowledge, money and talent that you have, if you surrender them to God, He will do amazing things.
Posted on Mon, February 15, 2016
by Sam Petitfils