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  • Writer's picturePastor John Anderson

What Is In Your Hand?

And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.- Exodus 4:2

One of the most amazing realties in life is that we were made and fashioned to serve God! God uniquely designs His people for a unique purpose to fulfill. When we discover our purpose and accomplish it, there is nothing more joyful or satisfying in all of the world! So many of God's children have such unique abilities to do things that only they can do, but unfortunately many are not using their abilities.

There is a fear that if we cannot do what others can do or if we do not possess the same ability that others possess that we cannot be used. Moses was a Prince turned Shepherd. He had left the nobility of Egypt because he had stood up for a defenseless Israelite who was being abused by an Egyptian taskmaster. For forty years, he was on the backside of the desert with a rod in his hand leading sheep. God calls him from the burning bush to lead His people from captivity.

Moses immediately protests by telling God all of his limitations and every reason he cannot serve Him. God simply asks Moses a question: "What is in your hand?" The rod that Moses held in his hand would become a powerful instrument once it was placed under God's control. The rod would turn into a serpent; it would be raised before each miraculous plague; it was raised when the Red Sea parted; it struck the Rock in the wilderness that produced water; it was lifted in victorious battle over the children of Amon; and it would serve as a symbol of God's power to His people for 40 long years of the wilderness wanderings.

God did not ask Moses what he did not have. He simply asked Moses to put what he did have under God's control! Today, God wants to use you! Yes, you! He has uniquely gifted you with something that only you can do to serve Him! Why not stop telling God what you do not have and start looking for ways that you can glorify Him through what you do have!

An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune, "Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent--the service is free." The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, "What hymn would you like to hear?" Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people! Many of them would share their hearts with her, and she became a great source of encouragement and counsel.

Child of God, what is in your hand today? Use it to serve the God who wants to glorify Himself through you!

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