Summary: God uses the ordinary. We don’t always understand it, and though we might agree that we ourselves are ordinary, we hesitate when we consider that God could use us.Selected events from the life of Moses can show us some of the ways God uses what we conside
How God Uses The Ordinary
Selected passages from the Life of Moses
by S. M. Henriques
Bethlehem Baptist Church
When you woke up this morning, you may have thought about the day ahead of you. It may have occurred to you that this was Sunday, and that it was probably going to be just another ordinary, hot, sleepy, August Sunday, like dozens of others before. But if you will listen carefully, I will show you how this ordinary Sunday can become extraordinary.
January 6, 1850, was bitterly cold in Colchester, England, a hard-biting blizzard keeping most worshipers at home. At the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Artillery Street only about a dozen showed up. When it became apparent that even the pastor would not arrive, an unlettered man rose and spoke haltingly from Isaiah 45:22, Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Then the crowd dispersed, thinking the day’s service a loss—not realizing that a fifteen-year-old boy had ducked into the room to escape the snowstorm, and, hearing the sermon, had been converted.
Years later that boy, Charles Spurgeon, wrote: “Don’t hold back because you cannot preach in St. Paul’s; be content to talk to one or two in a cottage. You may cook in small pots as well as in big ones. Little pigeons can carry great messages. Even a little dog can bark at a thief, wake up the master, and save the house.… Do what you do right thoroughly, pray over it heartily, and leave the result to God.” (Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations and Quotes)
Read with me from the Word of God:
Yes, God uses the ordinary. We don’t always understand it, and though we might agree that we ourselves are ordinary, we hesitate when we consider that God could use us. We don’t picture ourselves as being another Apostle Paul or Billy Graham, so the idea of being used by God makes us feel rather uncomfortable.
How does God use the ordinary? Selected events from the life of Moses can show us some of the ways God uses what we consider to be ordinary.
1. GOD USES THE ORDINARY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HIS PEOPLE.
While tending the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro, Moses carried in his hand a rod, probably a shepherd’s staff. In Exodus, when we first discover that fact, that rod is referred to as the “rod of Moses.” But when God used that ordinary rod to teach Moses His plan, that rod is then called “the rod of God.” That ordinary rod was used by God to meet the needs of the Israelite people. Consider the ten plagues in Egypt, and remember that five of the ten occurred when Moses lifted that walking stick into the air.
Remember how the Israelites were fleeing from before Pharaoh and were trapped by the body of water known as the Red Sea. It was the rod of God which Moses lifted to part the waters so the people could cross. It was the rod of God which Moses held in his hand when he struck the rock in the desert so that water came gushing forth.
It was an ordinary rod, made of wood, fashioned for a specific purpose. It didn’t have any jewels on it. There was no elaborate ornamentation on it. It was never owned by a king or queen. But God used this ordinary rod to meet the needs of His people in their exodus from Egypt.