“1Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’” 2So God said, “What’s that in your hand?” “A staff.” 3“Throw it on the ground.” He threw it. It became a snake; Moses jumped back—fast! 4-5God said to Moses, “Reach out and grab it by the tail.” He reached out and grabbed it—and he was holding his staff again. “That’s so they will trust that God appeared to you, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
I’ve heard this passage preached at times: ” what’s in your hand?” Take a look at what you currently have in your life and recognize that it is enough, that God plans to use you right now with what you have….
But today the passage hit me differently. God asks Moses “what is in your hand?” Moses tells him and then God proceeds to tell Moses to throw it down…. throw it away from him. Is it possible that in Moses’ insecurity his thought process went something like this: “but God, this staff is my security– it is like a part of me…an extension of me, and you don’t want me to have it!!?? Throw it away? Give it up? It’s not good enough, I’m not good enough? God, I already cannot speak for you and now you take away the one thing I use to do my job as a Shepard, the one piece of security I have left?”
Lol. Insecure leaders have a hard time seeing Gods perspective with eyes of faith! I’ve been that leader for sure! But, Moses obeyed anyway, submitted and threw away his staff. But what happened next is the best part. Moses gave it up, and had nothing left…. nothing was left in his hand – But when his last bit of security was in God’s hands instead of his own the miracle happened. Once it was out of Moses’ grip, God showed him a different purpose for His staff! He used what Moses had in his hand, but in a way that was beyond his own thoughts or imagination! His staff was used to part the Red Sea, rescue and feed the people of God. Over and over again it was used. Moses threw his last security down in a moment of obedience and God then turned it around and used it for his glory… HIS WAY. What are you holding on to today that you need to give to God? What is in your hand? Let Go and see what God might do!