November 6, 2022

What is that in your Hand?

Passage: Exodus 4:1-17
Israel Is Enslaved
  • 1875 BC – Joseph brings his father Isaac to Egypt to escape famine – 70 people.
  • 1450 BC. – 2 million+ descendants (foreigners) are enslaved to build store cities.
  • Moses, an Israelite, raised in Pharaoh’s court.
  • Tries to resist oppression but fails.
  • God meets him in a burning bush.
  • Moses argues with God about setting his people free – “What if they don’t believe me?”

“What is That in Your Hand?”

  • A simple shepherd’s rod.
  • In the hand of a man like any other man – nothing extraordinary.
  • God told him to throw it down, and he did.
  • God did something extraordinary with it.
  • God often calls us to do something to see if we trust Him enough to obey Him, even when it doesn’t make sense to us.
  • God can’t use anything we’ve got until we obediently let go of it.
  • God doesn’t really have us until He has what’s in our hand.
  • As long as we’re in God’s hand, all God needs is what’s in our hand.
The Ordinary
  • God doesn’t need strength, beauty, wealth, education, intelligence, experience, or talent, just what’s in our hand.
  • God can use anybody as long as He can have what’s in their hand.
  • None of us has the same thing in our hand, but all of us have something that God can use to do something miraculous.
Spiritual Growth
  • God often calls us to do things we’re not comfortable doing, in order to stretch us.
  • He is always patient with us as He helps us to grow in our faith.
  • God loves to increase our trust in His power by operating in the miraculous and supernatural.
  • God doesn’t need our ability, just our availability.

What We Don’t Have

  • God never asks us to give what we don’t already have – He always uses what we have.
  • God doesn’t ask us to go off and get something so we can give it to Him.
  • But most of us use what we don’t have to keep us from doing what we can do.
  • We look for something that will help us feel that we can do what God calls us to do – but that’s usually something we don’t have now.
Failure to Obey
  • We will never know the full potential of what could be done until we offer it to God.
  • Moses’ rod would have been just a rod; we would never have heard of him; and a nation would have stayed in slavery.
  • What is happening right now as we hold onto what’s in our hand, instead of giving it to God?
Major Principles
  • God will not force us to give up anything, but when we willingly offer it to Him, He can do great things with it.
  • We never really have what’s in our hand until we give it to God. Once we give it to God, He gives it back to be used for His glory.
  • We will never be all that we were meant to be until we give what’s in our hand to God.
  • Nothing we may have is any better than Moses’ simple rod if it stays in our own hand.
  • We can do more with what’s in our hand once we give it to God.
  • God does not expect perfection; we all have weaknesses. He’s looking for willingness.
  • Being used by God begins now – without becoming better, developing perfect skills, or knowing all the answers to life’s hard questions.
Biblical Examples
  • What was in their hand?
  • A lamp, a pitcher, and a trumpet – Gideon (Judges 7).
  • A sling and a stone – David (1 Samuel 17).
  • Two mites – a widow (Luke 21:1-4).
  • Five loaves and two fish – a boy (John 6:1-15).
  • A piece of parchment – Martin Luther.
  • A pen – John Bunyan “A Pilgrim’s Progress”.

What is in Your Hand?

  • A broom?
  • A brush?
  • A pen?
  • A cheque book?
  • A car?
  • A camera?
  • A wrench?
  • A rake?
  • A book?
  • An instrument?
  • A song?