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?” (Exodus 4:1-2) NLT
Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something, talk to someone or be part of a ministry, but you couldn’t see how that could be possible? Maybe you feel inadequate, maybe it just seems out of the box or just straight up weird. Maybe you are worried about how other people might respond to your idea or what you have to say. That’s where we find Moses in this chapter.
He had just seen and heard the Lord, very clearly, I might add. The Lord lays out his great plan to lead the people out of Egypt. He even tells Moses that the king is going to fight against him, but He will make a way. Not only that, but God tells them that the Egyptians will load them down with gifts and they will walk away with gold, silver and fine clothing. Sounds like a plan! Let’s do this thing. Enter self-doubt.
Chapter four starts with the what if’s of Moses. Then in verse two we see a powerful question. What’s in your hand? What was in Moses’ hand? A simple shepherds staff. It was just a stick; plain and ordinary. Something amazing happens when we place what’s in our hand at the Lord’s feet. What power this simple staff would have when it became the staff of God, not only in this chapter, but throughout Israelite history. It produced water from a rock, was transformed into a snake and back, and was used at the parting of the Red Sea to name a few. Was it because of the power of that staff or its owner? Not at all. The powerful connection happens when we offer what’s in our hand to an Almighty God.
God takes joy in using the ordinary for the extraordinary! That’s good news for me and you! I’m pretty ordinary, but God doesn’t ask me to have it all together, he wants to know what’s in my hand. What will I offer him?
What about you? What’s in your hand? Maybe it’s a broom, dirty diapers or a baby in each arm. Maybe it’s just pieces of a broken life. Whatever it is, I know that if placed at Jesus’s feet he can and will do great things. Moses had a terrible time believing that God would really have called him to such a thing. Verse after verse we see excuses and what ifs. He even begs God to send someone else. Ever been there? This is the same man that is considered one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. If we will just take that first step, make that first call, visit that neighbor or put our name on the ministry list, he will use it.
Lord, I pray for those that are in the middle of self-doubt. I pray you would renew the calling that you have for them. Reassure them and help them to feel your presence. May we take comfort in the story of Moses and give you what’s in our hands. Amen.