Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick
Moses, the Man with a Staff
by Christy Pearce
“Then the Lord asked him, ‘What is that in your hand?’”
“‘A shepherd’s staff,’” Moses replied.” Exodus 4:2 (NLT)
Ever felt like God wanted you to do something that seems sort of crazy?
I am often sucked into dreams of how I want to serve God. I pack them all into a box, wrap it pretty-like, and present it to God, saying, “Let’s do this ministry thing my way . . .”
But that isn’t really how God works.
Instead, God looks down and sets us apart for a task that HE picks. For me, it has been my struggle with sex and intimacy in my marriage. God said, “THAT is what I want to use.”
Naturally, I had plenty of arguments: “This, Lord? Really? How can I possibly be the one you want to talk about this? Maybe there’s someone else you could find for this job? Please?”
Moses did pretty much the same thing as soon as God approached him with a really BIG job.
Trading the Scepter for the Staff
You see, Moses had been set aside by the Lord for a mighty purpose from the beginning.
Moses’ mother saw him as “a special baby.” She hid him as long as she could. Then in a leap of faith, she sent him down river, hoping her precious one would be kept safe. And who but God could have orchestrated that basket becoming entangled in the reeds right where Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing?
Then a Hebrew was adopted into an Egyptian family. The Egyptians abused the Hebrew people daily, and yet Moses had been placed in a position of honor and rule. What a miraculous beginning!
The path which led from scepter to shepherd’s hook began when Moses saw the mistreatment of his people. It impacted him deeply enough that he defended one of them by killing an Egyptian, thus becoming a “man on the run.”
Moses left his throne and his people behind to avoid being captured and killed for his crime. He settled down in a new adoptive family as a shepherd.
Bush Unconsumed by Fire, Moses Consumed by Fear
After many years passed, God revealed Himself to Moses in a burning bush.
“Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father . . .” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:5b-6 (NLT)
God told Moses He was ready to deliver the Israelites from their oppression, and He wanted to use Moses to do it.
And the first item on the agenda?
“Go to Pharaoh.”
Whoa. What? Speak to the most powerful ruler in the world? Return to a land where he committed a crime? Go back to the kingdom he forsook years ago? Yep. That’s what God said to do.
I had many questions of my own as God has led me to share my story about my “Broken Bedroom.” But God told me what He told Moses. He said, “I will be with you.”
Moses had something I don’t. God spelled out every detail. God told Moses who would accept the message and who wouldn’t. God told Moses who to talk to and exactly what to say—EXACTLY.
And even with all of those details, Moses still protested!
Then God said, “What is that in your hand?”
God Carried Moses by What Moses Carried
God knew exactly what Moses held in his hands. Moses believed he was as worthless to do God’s bidding as the staff he carried around every day. But God was about to show Moses something miraculous so he would learn to walk in faith.
“Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. Exodus 4:3-4 (NLT)
Just as Moses used the staff to do the work of a shepherd, God wanted to use Moses to do the work of freeing His people. God showed Moses He had the power to use whatever He wanted to accomplish His purposes. Even a crusty, dried-up, old stick.
God wants to use us, too.
I had an ordinary struggle with sex in my marriage. But God did something MIRACULOUS through it to demonstrate His character to me in a mighty way. He wants to use it-and me for His glory.
And God wants to use you, too.
What are those ordinary things in your life that God is calling you to use to magnify His name?
How will you yield those things to God so He can demonstrate His power in and through you?
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Here’s Christy’s post about her struggle in the bedroom: “Healing the Broken Bedroom of the ‘Frigid Wife’”
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