January 29, Today’s Readings are Exodus 4-6 and Psalms 29
I love the simplicity of the way God works. Moses is trying to figure it all out (as we all tend to do) – and asks the Lord – “What if they don’t believe me?” He is very busy looking at his inadequacies and at the impossible task ahead of him. The answer comes – “What is that in your hand?” Of course, the “thing” in Moses’ hand was a shepherd’s staff – the symbol of his last forty year’s labor. This was not a symbol of authority, nor was it an object of royalty with which a man could direct an army. The question “What is in your hand” is an all-important one because it points directly to the fact that Moses, at this point in his life, was nothing without God. What was in Moses’ hand was mundane and God was about to change the mundane into something that would help solve a big problem. I believe that Jesus often asks us to look at what’s in our hand. He takes the mundane things and solves big problems with them. Let me go a step further – He takes mundane PEOPLE and solves big problems with them. He takes you and I and expects great things from us – even if we believe (as Moses did) that we are not the person for the job. How is it that He entrusted the entire future of
God’s kingdom on earth to a bunch of unlearned, uncouth, unspiritual disciples? How come He still does the same today? Could it be that He has very little use for those who are full of themselves, but sees tremendous potential in people who will let God lead? As Scripture says – “But God chose thefoolish thingsof the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.[1Corinthians 1:27] He empowers humble people to do great things.
One note of caution, as you read – God does not take kindly to those who continually put themselves down and say, “I can’t”. As a matter of fact God got angry with Moses when he said, “I can’t”. Why? It’s because but He wants us to believe that HE CAN.
What is it that you have in your hand? What small skills do you possess? Are you willing to let God use what you have?