Good Morning y’all. Today we are looking at chapter 4 of the book of Exodus.
I pray you are blessed as you read in Jesus Name 🙂
What is that you have in your hands? No matter how small or great it is, if you surrender it to God, He can use it to do mighty things for His kingdom.
In today’s passage, Moses was protesting with God with regards to being sent to Egypt to deliver the Isrealites. He felt like he didn’t have anything to offer God and he wasn’t qualified to be used by God. Perhaps it was because of what happened in the past when he killed the Egyptian. He probably felt that incident will work against him and make the people not listen to him.
Let’s check out Gods response to all that Moses had to say….
Then the lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. (Exodus 4:2 NLT)
Here God is asking Moses what is that in your hands. Its like all that we need to carry out our calling has already been given to us. Some of us are carrying ideas that will radicalise and change our society for good, but because we look down on ourselves we don’t activate the gift within us. It took an encounter with God for Moses to realise what he had in his hands could be much more than it seemed. To you it might look like a normal shepherd rod, but when God is backing you, it becomes more than a shepherds rod; it becomes God’s rod.
Again, I ask that question: what do you have in your hands? Has God called you to do something and you are doubting if you can. God won’t call you if he hasn’t equipped you with the things you need to carry out the tasks. Ask God today to reveal to you what you have in your hands that you can use for his kingdom.
As we read on, we see Moses again, giving excuses after God has shown him 3 signs to perform to the children of Israel to prove to them that He has sent him.
“But Moses pleaded with the lord , “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10 NLT)
I wonder how many of us are guilty of this offence. I know I am. Number of times God tells me something but because the magnitude of it seems so out of this world, I start to make excuse as to why I’m probably not the best person for the job. It’s like indirectly we are telling God He made a mistake by calling us. As if God doesn’t already know about our past and all the mistakes we’ve made and even the ones we are yet to make. God knew Moses had issues with words yet He chose him. Friends in this new year, let’s stop making excuses, rather get up and be all that God has called us to be.
Note in Acts 7:22, the bible says, ‘Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action’ (NIV), so how come he claimed not to be so? Why was he trying to avoid the call of the Lord? Why was he giving excuses? Are we like this sometimes? Do we sometimes deny our abilities in order to get away from a command the Lord has given us?
Let’s see God’s response to verse 10
“Then the lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord ? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” (Exodus 4:11-12 NLT)
I love me some God 🙂 . He doesn’t have time for all our silly excuses. He expected more from Moses considering the fact that he had already shown him signs. God asked him, ‘who makes the mouth…?’ God is asking you the same today; all the excuses you are giving: who is in control, isn’t it God?. The fact that you are alive and can do the things you do: who has made that possible, if not God?.
God told him to go and not just that, He also gave him a promise. He reassured Moses. I love God a lot. He knows we are human and frail. So He always does things to remind us that He is still with us even when we start to doubt or shake.
He told Moses “I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”. What an assurance! Maybe this morning God is speaking to you that He will go with you. That thing He has been asking you to do but, out of fear, you have been holding back, God is telling you this morning that He will go with you. You are not alone. He will never leave you. He will teach you and instruct you on what you need to say or do. How awesome is our God? 🙂
This year do not let fear hold you back. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you step out into all that God has for you.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We thank you for your love and mercy towards us. We ask for your help to show us what we have in your hands that you can use. We ask for grace and boldness to step out into all that you have for us this year. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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Have a blessed day 🙂
***With God all things are possible***