Last week we started off with a testimony as a reminder of how God is all around us and how miracles are all around us. Have you ever realised that when God wants to do something amazing in your life, He uses something that is already in your life? Today’s title is “Well, that’s handy” because God has a tendency to use things that are close at hand. Let’s look at Moses to kick us off. Exodus 4:2 says, “Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.”
To Moses, all he had in his hand was a shepherd’s staff. So to us city people- a stick. He had in his hand a stick. But when he gave that stick to the Lord, God was able to bless it. In Moses’ hand it was a stick, in God’s hand it was a miracle yielding tool. Exodus 4:20 even refers to that “stick” as “the staff of God”.
Imagine this, one day it was a stick used to direct and shepherd sheep, the next it was anointed by the hand of God and it was the Lord’s staff. How amazing is that? The stick still looked the same but its function changed from being an extension of Moses’ arm to being an extension of God’s hand to free His people. We see in Exodus 14:16 God saying to Moses, “Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.”
Take note that God didn’t say that He would divide the water. He told Moses to divide the water by picking up his stick and raising it over the Red Sea. God used the very thing that looked meaningless, a stick, to divide the waters of the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk on dry ground.
What is in your hand today? Samson once found himself in a bit of a jam and all he could find was the jawbone of a donkey and God enabled him to kill 1,000 Philistines with it (see Judges 15:15-16). A young boy’s lunch of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish made history one glorious afternoon. What was in the boy’s hand, once blessed by Jesus, was turned from one boy’s lunch into a feast with plenty left over. Matthew 14: 21 says, “The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”
See, sometimes we think what is in our hand is not enough. The disciples looked at the boy’s lunch and told Jesus that it was best to send the people away because they could not possibly feed them with the little that they had. Little did they know who they were talking to. The God of the universe was with them. What’s in our hand may seem insignificant to us but in God’s hand it is mighty and can feed multitudes, kill a thousand of our enemies or split the Red Sea that’s in front of us so we can walk to our destiny on dry ground.
When we submit what we have in our hand to God, God can release it to perform and bring miracles into our lives. Whether or not we see the potential in the stick, the jawbone, the lunch or whatever we have handy is irrelevant. Our part in it all is to be obedient to what God asks us to do knowing that only He can turn something simple and seemingly insignificant into something mighty and miraculous.
So, what is in your hand?
Love and blessings,
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