In Exodus 3, God assigns Moses a task he didn’t feel ready for: rescuing 2 millions enslaved Jews from their brutal Egyptian taskmasters. When God assigned the mission, Moses responded with a list of excuses that may sound familiar…

“Who am I to do such a task?”

“Who will I say sent me?”

“What if they don’t believe me?”

God had perfect responses to each excuse, but His answer to Moses’ final question was what gave Moses the most confidence to walk into Egypt to rescue the Jews. God answered Moses’ question with a question of His own: What’s in your hand?

Moses’s reply was simple: “A staff.” He was holding a shepherd’s staff. It was nothing special or flashy. It was a dried up tree branch that he used to keep the sheep in line. However, as Moses watched, God turned the staff into a snake, then back into a staff, to demonstrate His power.

Just a few verses later, in Exodus 4:20, Moses wrote that he left with his wife and kids, heading toward Egypt, and took with him “the staff of God.” Whoa. Wait a minute. What’s “the staff of God?!” It’s the same staff, but its owner had a new perspective.

Too often, we spend time focusing on what we don’t have instead of being thankful for and faithful with what we do have. Maybe instead of a new gift, you need a new perspective.

Remember this: God can use ordinary things for extraordinary purposes.

Just be faithful with what’s already in your hand.


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