What is that in Your Hand?

Bible Reading: Exodus 1; 2; 3; 4

"Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied. The Lord said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, 'Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.' So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 'This,' said the Lord, 'is so that they may believe that the Lord ...has appeared to you'" (4:2-5).

"'Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.... But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.' ...So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand" (4:12, 17, 20).

"Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped" (4:30-31).

"What is that in your hand?" A shepherd's staff? A pen? A computer? A broom? A towel? A cup of tea? A pot of soup? A musical instrument? A paintbrush? A hammer? A phone? A book? A car key? A football? A diaper bag? A needle and thread? A dollar bill?

Whatever God has put in my hand can become his instrument if I follow his instructions to use it for his glory. He can use the ordinary things in my life to reveal to others the extraordinary things of God. When I give my staff to God and let him use it in miraculous ways, it is no longer just a staff; it becomes "the staff of God." He simply tells me to go, carrying the staff of God in my hand. He will lead the way. He will help me speak and teach me what to say. When I use the tool in my hand for his glory, others will believe. They will know that God is concerned about them and has seen their misery. They will bow down and worship him.