Summary: God can take nothing and turn it into a weapon against the Devil
What Do You Have In Your Hand?
We all know the story of the burning bush and Moses’ excuses before God.
He had 4 excuses and God had 4 answers.
- Who Am I? (vs 11-12) God’s answer was - it doesn’t matter Moses: who you are - what is important is who I am and that I will be with you.
- I won’t know what to say (vs 13-14). God’s answer was I will tell you.
- They won’t listen to me (vs 1ff). God’s answer was that I will work through you in power. They will see and believe.
- I can’t speak well (I don’t have the skills) (vs 10ff). God’s answer was to speak through him.
Do you have similar excuses as Moses? Well God has similar answers for you. Moses was once a doubter. And at the beginning of his ministry he was certainly nervous.
We are not going to focus on all of these excuses this morning, but I want to focus on a single question God asks of Moses. Before we get to that let’s read part of this account - Ex 4:1-20.
Ex 4: 2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
What do you have?Moses said “Nothing”
1) What is nothing to us is something to God
It was used ...
• To confront to soothsayers of Pharaohs court (7:12)
• To turn the waters of Egypt into Blood (7:17-20)
• To bring frogs upon the land (8:5)
• To cause lice throughout all the land of Egypt. (8:16)
• To bring thunder and hail throughout the land (9:23)
• To bring an east wind that brought the locusts across the land. (10:13)
• To cause the waters of the Red Sea to stand up like a wall (14:16)
• To cause the bottom of that sea to dry up so they could pass
• To cause the waters of the Red sea to come back upon Pharaohs armies
• To bring forth water from the rock at Horeb to supply their needs (17:5)
• To bring victory to his army (17:9)
This rod was nothing special of itself; it was just a rod (a stick).
What was significant about this stick was: It was what Moses had.
God did not ask Moses what he didn’t have.
We all could make a long list if what we don’t have.
*We don’t have enough money
*We don’t have a good education
*We don’t have a high social standing
The list can go on and on
God never directs our attention to what we don’t have, but to what we do have even though it seems small.
II) Availability is the key ...
Would this staff been able to be used if remained a stick in the hand of Moses.
To be used, it had to be made available to God for his use.
Once Moses released it, it became God’s for him to use as he needed.
The difference is the power of God.
It is not
*the size of your gift
All that matters is: How much of God is in your stick.