Exodus 4:1-4 “And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:”
God has already equipped us with what we need, but we’re either deceived, don’t know it, or we’ve forgotten about it. You already have what you need to get it done. Just ask God to show you how to use what is already in your hands.
Moses is in the heat of the Sinai desert. He’s been there for 40 years. He spent the first part of his life in the palace of Egypt as a prince. He was a high ranking official. He was pampered. He learned all that the most prestigious schools had to offer. The advanced technology back then, we still study today. Those pyramids are a testimony still today.
Moses was also skilled in combat training as well as science. Yet, he didn’t fit in. He was raised by two mammas, one an Egyptian princess and the other an Israelite slave. The slave had hope. ‘Who am I?’ Moses asked himself.
Moses ran away as a fugitive and was in the desert, but hadn’t learned how to survive in the desert. He had lost everything. He found a well and helped some women. One told her father and that man asked Moses to stay with them. Jethro, the father, gave him a job and the hand of his daughter. Moses learned how to shepherd sheep for his father-in-law.
God had him on a journey that he had no idea where he would end up. You are on a journey into uncharted territory. God has got you learning things day by day. All of a sudden, He called Moses out of that into something that he had no qualifications for.
I don’t have a lot of gifts and talents to offer God. So, Moses is standing in front of this burning bush and offering up excuses for why this won’t work. God asks, ‘What is in your hand?’ Moses says, ‘A rod.’ God wanted Moses to see what would happen when that thing in his hand was surrendered to the Lord. Moses got scared and ran away at the sight of the snake.
It was a crazy discussion going on between a bush and a man. ‘This is awkward, Lord. You’re asking me to do things I don’t understand.’ The Lord was asking him to give up what was in his hands and let the Lord take it.
Arguing with God is always a bad idea. In the barrenness of the wasteland of Sinai, God has a question for you.
What is in YOUR hand?
What gifts and talents do you have that you can surrender and watch God work? It’s not about what’s in somebody else’s hands, it’s about what’s in your hands.
People sat through a long time of Jesus preaching. Most of them did it because they wanted a healing. He preached a long time because it takes a long time to drill through something that’s rock hard. It got late and the people were hungry.
Jesus said, ‘What is in your hands?’ Between the 12 of them, they didn’t have anything. But, a little boy had a lunch that his momma had packed for him. That little boy gave everything he had to Jesus and 5000 were fed. When you take ‘not enough’ and give it to ‘More Than Enough’ everybody is fed.
Some things God won’t do unless the church throws down what is in their hands.
Until we surrender, what is dead will not come alive. It will stay ‘not enough’ in our hands, but, if we surrender it, God will make it ‘more than enough’.
There is something you can give to the Lord even in the situation you are in. Moses didn’t even know who he was. He had a new family, but he probably wondered what happened to his mother and brother and sister. He had baggage and questions for the Lord. Yet, an old sunburned man was used mightily of the Lord because he surrendered what was in his hand.
That stick was Moses’ staff first, then it was the ‘Staff of the Lord’. Even a person who doesn’t fit in anywhere, if he surrenders to God, He will use that person.
Why am I struggling? The answer is you are still holding onto something God wants.
Sometimes, you don’t want to part with things, but God will use it for His glory. God never does miracles just to show off. He cares and wants people to experience miracles and transformation because He loves you.
Satan’s fear isn’t your being a Christian. He fears when you get involved and give what you have in your hands to God.
Satan was there when a little boy with a slingshot killed a giant. It only takes just a little thing in your hands completely surrendered to God. Down goes giants and enemies. Then, David picked up the sword of Goliath and used it.
Ecc 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
2 Cor 11:23-30 “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.”
Don’t complain about what you don’t have. Throw down what you have and trust God.
2 Cor 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
2 Cor 12:15 “I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me,” (NLT).
“I will gladly give my money, time, and resources up for the cause and work of God even if it makes you not like me anymore.”
Paul asked that the thorn be taken from him, but God said no. God wanted what was in Paul’s hands.
What is in your hands?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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