Exodus 4:17 KJV “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.”
When Moses fled Egypt after he had killed the Egyptian oppressing his people (the children of Israel), he went to the house of Jethro. Haven spent nearly forty years with Jethro, he had learned the trade of Jethro’s household which was shepherding (Exo.3:1). If you follow the story of Moses, his initial attempt to deliver and judge the Israelites was a pointer to his calling, but he had acted prematurely in the moment (Exo.2:11-15). He needed to be developed with the necessary skills that would enable him fulfill the calling of God’s purpose in his life. At the appropriate time when God would deliver the nation of Israel by the hand of Moses, He appeared before Moses to give him instructions on the assignment. Moses’ initially backed down. He felt inadequate because of his initial failed attempt.
Moses answered God, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” (Exo.4:1-2). The rod in the hands of Moses represent the tool of his trade. It was what he had used as a shepherd in the house of Jethro, and that was what God pointed out to Moses as a scepter for the fulfillment of purpose. Likewise, as you stay committed to fulfilling the calling of God’s purpose on your life, the gifts, talents, and abilities are what God will use to make His purpose manifest in your life. 2 Timothy1:9 reveals that with every purpose, there is corresponding grace. God’s grace signifies the empowerment of God in your life. You are not left alone to do great things, but you have the backing of God.
Surrender what you have in your “hand” to God, and let Him use it to His glory. It is Him that works all things out beautifully in our lives. Always remember what Philippians 2:13 says, “[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (AMP). Have the confidence that God’s enabling power is available for you to serve His purpose for your life with your gifts.
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 Pet.4:10-11, Rom.12:6, 1 Tim.4:14, Matt.25:29