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. (more…)