Each time I read Exodus chapters three and four, I am reminded of the ongoing pattern of the work of God: in response to the cries of His people, God comes to do a mighty work of deliverance—and He did. The plagues of judgment upon Egypt, the dividing of the Red Sea, the giving of His Law, and provision of manna. All of these were mighty miracles that only the God of all power could accomplish.
Yet, a vital part of that plan was choosing a man to be His vessel in bringing the people out of Egypt. God’s plan has always been that duet of His might and His man (and often woman). In Exodus chapter three God told Moses, “I am come down to deliver them…and I will send thee…that thou mayest bring forth my people.” It is an awesome consideration, that God would allow stumbling, weak people to be a part of His plan.
As we read on into Exodus chapter four we find the debate between a hesitant Moses and the Lord. Moses, rightfully so, did not feel adequate for the work set before him. But God challenged him to consider what was in his hand. It was a simple shepherd’s tool, a stick, called a “rod” and what a mighty instrument it became.
Each plague was brought forth by that rod, the sea was divided when that rod was raised… we could go on and on. But the key to this part of the story was that Moses’ rod was surrendered to the work of God, “And Moses took the rod of God in his hand” (Exodus 4:20b). When Moses gave what he had to God, a great transformation took place.
God is still at work today. He has something great He desires to do right where you live. And His pattern of work is still the same—He will supply the might, will you be the man or woman that is willing to be used of God?
Will you turn your abilities over to God and let Him use them however He sees fit? The story of Moses and his leadership has captured the minds and hearts of millions of people down through the ages. But it all began with his surrender to his God. What great work awaits you?