This morning, as this is posted 8 hours after it is written, I will speak to a group of Lithuanians who mostly do not speak English. In fact, my talk will be translated into Lithuanian and Russian. There is a part of me feeling a bit unqualified. I am reminded of the story of Moses.
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. Exodus 4:2 NIV
Moses had plenty of excuses. He couldn’t do what God was asking of him. He was not the right choice to carry out the mission of God. If God really wants to achieve victory….well…He’d just better pick someone else. Moses had the excuses, but God already had the plan…and it included Moses!
God said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” Moses responded, “A staff”, but he must have looked at the staff and thought, “Well, it’s just a stick God. You’ve seen one before! After all, you made them. I just can’t walk as well now in my older years. This helps me climb over the rocks. Gee, I thought you knew what a staff was…”
Then, Moses observed God do miracles with that ole stick right before his eyes. And that was only the beginning. Moses would see God perform many other miracles with the “ole stick” in the days ahead.
Moses was not eloquent in speech. He did not command a great army. He was in exile from his people. He was not the most obvious choice to lead this great exodus from Egypt, but He was God’s man. And, Moses had everything God needed to complete the task!
You and I do too! Sometimes we may not have what we think we need to accomplish the task of the day or to get through a trial; to conquer the mountain ahead or to see victory, but God has a plan! God asks of you and I today, “What is in your hand?”
God has fully equipped us to do the work in which we are called!
If you do not have confidence in your abilities today have confidence in your Creator! He has prepared you for this day!