God had an assignment for Moses, confront Egypt’s pharaoh. Moses’ reactions were priceless and familiar. Who me? What if they ask questions I can’t answer? What if they don’t believe me or listen to me? Then God had a question for Moses, “What is that in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2). Moses’s staff turning into a snake and back into a staff became evidence of God’s power and proof that He would be present with Moses as he faced Pharaoh.
Let’s turn to the New Testament to see what others had in their hand that God wanted to use. Remember the feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14:15-21)? What was the food source? Because a boy was willing to give up his sack lunch of two fish and five small bread loaves, the Lord met the needs of thousands.
Another time, Jesus told the fishermen who were washing their nets to let them back down in the water. Though exhausted, their obedience yielded a miraculous catch of so many fish that two filled boats began to sink (Luke 5:4-7). That which had been empty was overflowing.
Finally, before Jesus’s crucifixion, a woman brought an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’s head. She sacrificed her best. What others criticized and viewed as illogical, Jesus honored saying, “Wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Matthew 26:13).
The question finally comes to us. What is in our hand? What do we have that God wants us to surrender or use for His work, His kingdom, or His glory? Whatever it is, once it is given to the Lord, He can do more with it than we could ever imagine!
May you be blessed as you give Him your best!