Moses couldn’t take it anymore. He had spent enough days watching the Egyptians beating his people (the Hebrews) and he was going to do something about it. Murder. You know the story. Thinking he was doing the right thing, Moses killed an Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew slave. The next day, he tried to break up a fight between two Hebrews and they called him out for killing a man the day before. Fearfully, Moses ran for his life while the people of Israel continued to be mistreated in slavery. Things didn’t go as planned for Moses at all. Operating in his own strength, his hopes of freeing the Israelites dissolved right in front of him. He must have felt like a failure, but God had different plans. God’s Plan Revealed to Moses The look on Moses’ face must have been pure shock as he heard God speak from the burning bush. Full of fear, Moses responded with doubt and disbelief to God’s call for him to free the Israelites. Over and over he told God that he wasn’t qualified, but God thought differently. Afraid they wouldn’t listen to what he had to say, Moses asked God what he should do to prove that he met with Him. I love God’s response to Moses – “What is that in your hand?” referring to Moses’ staff. “Throw it on the ground.” When Moses did, it became a snake and when he picked it back up, it was a staff again. Talk about a sign! God’s interaction with Moses that day is a lesson that we can all learn from. 1. It starts with us NOW. God starts with us where we are now, not where we were at one time. Not where we hope to be. Not where we think we should be. He uses us even if we’re in the middle of a desert like Moses was. You see, back in Egypt Moses was in a place with a bright future, a solid political career and great opportunities, but not anymore. Why didn’t God use him then? I like to think of the verse in Corinthians where Paul shares how God uses his people. (1 Cor. 1:27) But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God’s timing was perfect, even if Moses didn’t think so. 2. God works with what we have. Sometimes we don’t think that we have what it takes to do what God’s calling us to do. For Moses, he was a stutterer and lacked confidence in front of people. But God used him to lead millions out of Egypt. For you and me, we might feel limited by debt, lack of income, low self-esteem, or anything for that matter. We might put up these roadblocks and say that God can’t use us because of something in our past or because we feel inadequate. That’s nonsense. We read over and over of how God uses people in the Bible with the talents and abilities they had NOW, not in the future. You may be thinking about things that you want to do for God in the future, but God wants you to use what’s in your hand now. 3. What’s in our hand can destroy us. That simple staff in Moses’ hand was harmless until he threw it on the ground. In an instant, it became something that could destroy Moses or anyone else in its way. The same is true of our talents and abilities today. If we don’t watch out, our talents could take our very life, just as that serpent could have taken Moses’ that day. Finding fulfillment and satisfaction in our abilities and successes leads to a life of false hope. But when we give everything we have to God, he can give us peace and use our talents for great things. 4. Given to God, it can be used greatly. “It’s just an old stick.” I’m sure Moses was wondering how on earth God would use his walking staff. But that piece of wood Moses held in his hands would be used to split the Red Sea, draw water from a rock, and would be held in a battlefield as God gave his people victory after victory on their way to the promised land. In our own hands, our abilities seem small and useless. But when we put it in God’s hand, it becomes an instrument that can be used to do awesome things. Do you feel like certain things are keeping you from doing great things for God? What talents do you have today that can be used by God? Meet us in the comments! Image by Clover / Shutterstock Related Articles: The Life Of Moses: How God Is Always Working in Your Life 3 Things Moses Teaches Us About Money Whatever you put your hand to will prosper… Wealth lesson from ants Are you a good steward of God’s money? Reaching Your Goals: A Lesson From Joseph Parable of the Talents Tim is a personal finance writer at Faith and Finance a Christian financial help blog that provides financial insights for individuals, businesses, and churches. Outside of finance, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, playing the saxophone, reading economics books, and a good game of RISK or Catan. Find him on Twitter and Facebook . 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What’s In Your Hand: A Lesson From Moses