Exo. 4:2 “The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.”
Here, Moses was just a shepherd. Gone were the days when he was a hot shot with fame and power down in Egypt. That was 40 years ago. Now, he was just a shepherd in the backside of the desert! So God asks Moses ‘what is that in your hand?’ It was of course a staff and when he threw it down God performed the miracle of turning it into a serpent. In doing this, God showed Moses that He was the only One that could do the miracles, not Moses! He could use whatever Moses had as long as Moses remained humble and looked to the Lord.
The bigger picture speaks to all of us also. It is not just Moses that God asks this question of. What is that in your hand believer? What do you have to offer? Oh, you don’t have much… Just an old stick? God is always trying to remind us that it is not your ability but your availability that He is looking for. You may have very, very little in your hand right now that you can present to God. That is just how He wants it! He is more interested in using your little so that the glory belongs to Him than to use someone who sees themselves as a something big and who don’t need anything from Him. What is that in your hand? It is not what you’ve got. It is who you present it to.
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