Exodus 4:1-4 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you?'” Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back in to a shepherd’s staff in his hand.
God won’t send us where He has not prepared us to go. After Joseph’s death, the Israelites became slaves in Egypt. They began to feel rejected and alone, but God was there protecting them and the children Pharaoh wanted to kill and destroy. God later raised up Moses who would lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
When God called him, Moses expressed his doubts and fears. He could not or would not look beyond his weaknesses until God demonstrated His power using nothing more than a shepherd’s staff, a simple stick, something Moses had in his hand. God sometimes uses simple people and ordinary things to accomplish extraordinary tasks. Like Moses, we can’t imagine the power we hold in our hands when it becomes an instrument of God.
How big are your problems? Are you enslaved by them? Do you focus more on the weight of your problems than on God’s ability to provide big solutions?
God sometimes gives us a message or calls us to a task but doesn’t immediately change our situation. This time of silence is a time of preparation. It is a time for us to exercise our faith and prepare our hearts and minds. By focusing on God, rather than the results we hope to achieve, we can see beyond any setbacks. This time of preparation will teach us persistence in prayer and the importance of faith. After all, it’s easy to obey God when the task is simple. But when the task is impossible, we need to have persistent faith to see it through.
If you are waiting on God for the fulfillment of a promise or to fulfill a calling, remember to focus on God’s Word rather than spectacular signs and miracles. We don’t always realize the impact of our hands and feet when we allow God to use them for His purposes. Moses held a stick. What are you holding?
My reading schedule for this week:
February 5 Exodus 19-21
February 6 Exodus 22-24
February 7 Exodus 25-27
February 8 Exodus 28-29
February 9 Exodus 30-32
February 10 Exodus 33-35
February 11 Exodus 36-38
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com