Exodus 4:2-4 GW Then the Lord asked him, “What’s that in your hand?” He answered, “A shepherd’s staff.” The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” When Moses threw it on the ground, it became a snake, and he ran away from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out and grab the snake by its tail.” He reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a staff as he held it.
Why did the Lord ask Moses what was in his hand? I mean, really? He’s God, he knew what was there, right? But sometimes we forget that what we have in our hands, albeit insignificant, is just the thing that God will us to deliver us from the problem we face. God will take whatever we have and use it to deliver us, he’s just that big of a God.
I seem to remember a prophet who asked a widow woman the same thing in 2 Kings 4:2, “Elisha asked her, “What should I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” She answered, “I have nothing in the house except a jar of olive oil.” See, there it is again. God used the little thing she had to deliver her from debt and set her up for life.
Can I ask you a question? What do you have in your hand and are you willing to part with it long enough for the Lord to change it into something great. Perhaps you’ve been trusting in the wrong thing? Perhaps it’s in your bank account, that $100 that you have tucked away in case of emergency, the extra food in your pantry, perhaps the Lord has need of these things now. What do you have in your hand? It’s out of your greatest need God finds the best seed. The soil you plant it in will determine the harvest that fills your barns with plenty. Most of us don’t want to sit with the Lord long enough to find out where that is so we scatter our seed and our harvest is pathetic. It’s time we became responsible Christ followers and gave him all, and for each of us it’s something different.
Ok Father, here is what I have in my hands and I surrender it to you. I will not trust in what I have but in your ability to multiply it greatly for your Kingdom. May I be a good and faithful steward that you can trust me with. All that is in me and all that I am, will glorify and praise your Holy Name because only you are worthy.