Darryl's thoughts on the Christian Faith, Facts, and World Events
Exodus 4:1-4 New Century Version (NCV)Proof for Moses4 Then Moses answered, “What if the people of Israel do not believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
Moses answered, “It is my walking stick.”
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
So Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake. Moses ran from the snake, 4 but the Lord said to him, “Reach out and grab the snake by its tail.” When Moses reached out and took hold of the snake, it again became a stick in his hand.
What is in your hand?
Is it a computer, device, or a phone? Are you using it for God's best purposes?
What else is in your hand? What do you own? What do you control? What areas of life do you have influence? Are you a leader?
Are you using everything you are, own, control, influence, and lead for God's best purposes?
These are the questions I am beginning to ask myself. What is in my hand? Am I using those things for God's best purposes?
Notice that God did not give Moses a new, extra, spare, modified, or upgraded staff. Instead, God took the same old staff that Moses had been using for years and used it in a miraculous way. God may not give us more or new resources, but He will use the common things that we already have in a amazing ways, if we are willing to throw them on the ground when God calls us to.
Throwing them on the ground means that we relinquish our own control over them and allow God to do whatever He wants to with them. The results may even be scary at times. Moses ran from the snake.
I have come to believe that one of the biggest hinderances for us (and others through us) experiencing all that God has for us all is that we look at the problems and they look too big when compared to our limited resources. We know that we and our resources cannot solve the problem or meet the need. Moses knew that his staff was nothing compared to Pharaoh's army. So, instead of doing everything we CAN with what we already HAVE, we end up doing NOTHING. Often, when we do nothing, others follow our lead and do NOTHING as well. The end result is that NOTHING gets done, no problems get solved (not even small ones which you (I) could have solved), and no one gets helped. If we live like this when we are strong, what kind of help can we expect when we are weak?
"The one who moves mountains begins by carrying away many small stones." Confucius
There are times when God wants us to speak to the mountains (problems/challenges) and they will move.
Matthew 17:20 New Century Version (NCV)
20 Jesus answered, “Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.
But many times, God wants us to use the staff and other tools that He has already given us to take small steps. Also remember that God often does not expect us to solve big problems all alone. If we are Christians, then we are part of the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12 New Century Version (NCV) The Body of Christ Works Together
12 A person’s body is one thing, but it has many parts. Though there are many parts to a body, all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that also.
Each Christian should think of ourselves as a single cell in a much larger body. If each one of us is willing to use what God has placed in our hands to the maximum God can use that power and multiply it miraculously.
On the other hand, we can say, I only have this old stick. God can't use it for anything. I am not going to do anything with it. I will just hold on to it. Of course, this attitude is the same attitude that the one who buried the talent had in Matthew 24:14-30. This passage should serve as a challenge and a warning to us.
What is in your hand?
A Christian Apologist, Author, Missionary, Husband, and Father. Darryl has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (CA), an MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University (CA), and a BA in Political Science from Truman State University (MO).
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