WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND?
“So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.” (Exodus 4:2-3 NKJV)
While Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, God suddenly interrupted his daily routine and called his attention to his divine purpose or mission in life.
From the midst of the bush burning with fire yet not consumed, God said to Moses, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exo. 3:10 NKJV).
Moses was actually born for this purpose – to deliver and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, the house of bondage. All that Moses had gone through in life was simply to prepare him for his divine purpose or mission in life.
Likewise, all that you have gone through in life is simply to prepare you for your divine purpose or mission in life.
Although God had divinely and thoroughly prepared, enabled, anointed and equipped Moses to fulfil his divine mission or assignment in life, yet Moses was totally unaware of this and thus felt very inadequate for what God had fully prepared and equipped him to do when the set time came.
Moses, like many believers today, ignorantly thought that God was seeking for a perfect person or a superman to use. Therefore, Moses protested, saying, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exo. 4:10 NKJV).
If God only uses perfect people to accomplish His divine plans and purposes, God would certainly find no man worthy of His use. Why?
Because there is no man living who is absolutely perfect in all his thoughts, emotions, ways, and actions!
But praise to God that He does not wait for us to attain moral or spiritual perfection before He uses us. God uses us in spite of our human weaknesses, deficiencies or inadequacies so that He alone may receive all the glory for whatever He uses us to accomplish for Him.
Paul testifies to this truth.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 – NKJV
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
When God called Moses to be His divine instrument for the deliverance of the children of Israel from the yoke of slavery and bondage, he was very reluctant to undertake the mission because he could see nothing in his life or hand that God can really use.
How mistaken Moses was! Why?
Because God had already placed in Moses’ life and hand all that He would need to accomplish God’s purpose for his life!
However, in order to convince Moses that God had already equipped and anointed him for the mission he was called to undertake, God said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.” (Exo. 4:2-3 NKJV).
Afterwards, Moses was asked to pick up his rod again. Then God said to him, “And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.” (Exo. 4:17 NKJV).
Moses returned to Egypt with nothing but his rod in his hand and he did nothing in Egypt without his rod in his hand!
Like Moses, you already have in your life and hand what God can bless and use to accomplish His divine purpose through you.
What God has placed in your life and hand is suitable enough to accomplish God’s purpose for your life if you will only present and surrender it to God just as Moses presented and surrendered his rod to God.
God has been preserving, preparing and equipping you for the divine purpose and mission He created you to accomplish from the time you arrived in this world.
God will not call any man to undertake any mission for Him without first preparing, anointing, equipping and enabling the man for the mission.
Paul affirms this truth in his epistle to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:10 – NKJV
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
If God says it is time for you to step out and undertake a mission for Him, it simply means He has fully anointed or enabled you for the mission, for no soldier goes to war at his own expense (1 Cor. 9:7).
Therefore, quit seeking for or giving excuses; rather, step out in faith today and begin to fulfil God’s purpose for your life.
Beloved, while you may feel very inadequate, unsuitable or unqualified for the divine mission or assignment that God is calling you to undertake for Him, the truth is that God will not call you to do anything if He has not first prepared, equipped, anointed or enabled you to do it.
Like Moses, God has already placed “the rod” you need for your divine mission in your hand. God has anointed you to fulfil your divine purpose or mission in life.
Paul clearly states this truth, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.” (1 Cor. 1:21 NKJV).
You already have what you need to begin to do what God is calling you to do where you are right now.
Don’t be discouraged by your human weaknesses, disabilities or deficiencies, for God specializes in using “the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Cor. 1:27-29 NKJV).
Therefore, like Moses, quit arguing with God or giving God excuses. Rise up today with “your rod” in your hand unreservedly yielded to God to bring deliverance and blessing to the people and nations God has sent you. They are certainly waiting for your arrival and ministry.
Don’t keep them waiting in bondage any longer.
You have been anointed by God for this purpose.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for preparing me from birth to be a great instrument in Your hand. I surrender my life unreservedly to You today to use as it pleases You for Your glory and for the blessing of many nations and generations, in Jesus’ name. Amen.