It's In Your Hands
I was watching a television program today and was surprised by some of the dialogue. One of the main characters was trying to decide how to handle a difficult situation and he referred to this verse. Regular television mind you. One of the everyday who done it, good guys win in the end programs. He says that he had just read that God tells us to use what's in our hands. This guy was smart and savvy, so he decided to chose to use his wits and his intellect to diffuse a difficult situation. I was inspired to read more about this verse. Moses spent the first few years of his life learning from his mother all about being Hebrew. Then he learned from Pharaoh all about running a country. Then he learned from Jethro, the Prince of Midian about patience and trust. This is where we pick up the story. It is here that God comes to Moses and tells him to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses says these words. Exodus 4:1 MSG "Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’” God isn't phased in the least.
"So God said, “What’s that in your hand?” “A staff.”
Just use what's in your hands. What was in his hand was the staff he used to shuttle sheep from one place to the next. The staff he used to help him on rocky terrain. The staff he used as a weapon when needed. His staff was something that was a very familiar item. He carried it with him wherever he went and he used it everyday. Use what's in your hands. We should each remember these words when choosing how to handle a difficult situation. God knew what Moses was going to face would be difficult, and He told Moses to use something that was right there. Right there within arms reach. Something familiar. Something he was good at using. Moses didn't need to go get a 'top of the line' piece of equipment. He didn't need to change from the person that he was, into someone that he wasn't. He didn't need anything extra or extravagant. Nothing fancy or spectacular. God only asked him to use what was in his hands. Use what's in your hands. When God calls on us to do a particular job, He wants, expects and desires for us to use what's in our hands. Use what you're good at. Use what you're familiar with using. Your strengths are strategically placed and positioned for you to utilize them for what you are called to do. What will you use? The key is to use is in your hands.