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The Staff of God

The Staff of God

22 January 2009

Scripture:

So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and headed back to the land of Egypt. In his hand he carried the staff of God. (Exodus 4:20 NLT)

Observation:

Moses had been living in the wilderness of Midian, working for his father-in-law, for forty years. His earlier memories of life as a Prince in Egypt had faded and he had accepted his shepherd’s life. Then God appeared to him and commissioned him to become the leader of his enslaved Israeli people and the hero who would set them free.

Moses was fearful of the challenge and afraid the people wouldn’t believe God had sent him or follow his leadership. God took the one thing Moses had in his hand, his shepherd’s staff, and showed Moses a miracle. As Moses finally accepted God’s challenging call, he still carried the same old shepherd’s stick, but now it had become the “Staff of God.”

Application:

When God calls us to do something challenging for him, he doesn’t change us into another person or require of us resources or skills we don’t have. If we respond in faith and obedience, God takes the skills and tools and resources we already have and by his power they can become the “Staff of God.”

What is God challenging you to do to help and serve others? If you respond in obedient faith, he will take your ordinary skills and tools and make them instruments of his power and grace.

Prayer:

Father, I place my ordinary and limited skills, tools, and resources at your disposal. I will respond to you in simple and obedient faith. Please take who I am and what I have and use me to be a blessing to others. Amen.

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