Are You Using What You Already Got?
Are You Using What You Already Got?
Exodus 4: 1 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?” 2 Then the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.
Being quarantined in our homes for the past few weeks should have taught us, we have a lot of stuff. Some stuff we are ready to complain about and making plans to get rid of. But remember these are things we made have set aside for a rainy day or a golden opportunity, we just lost our purpose for keeping these things because it was out of sight, out of mind. We saw use in these items when we first received them but because of procrastination, picking up new habits and obligations the usefulness of these items have somewhat disappeared. This also applies to education and vocation. There are classes, books and courses have you invested in on order to make life better for you and your family and you have not put to use what you paid for.
God allowed us to have these items for a reason. How do we turn what we have now into what we need it to be (according to the will of God)? We simply need to find what God’s word says about that thing/situation, confess that word with our mouth over and over again and by that we are injecting the life of God into it. So instead of complaining about does things, we speak the word of God into them.
In our text, God called Moses and told him to go and lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Moses however was afraid that they won’t believe him and he asked for a sign of the power of God and God asked him this question ‘What is in your hand?’ To Moses, it was just a staff used to beat stubborn sheep but to God, it was it was the instrument by which miracles will be performed. To Moses it was just a rod, to God it was an instrument for miracles. The staff by the power of God became the staff of God (Exodus 4:20) and it was used to part the red sea, perform the 10 plagues, bring water out of the rock, and much more.
As you sit back and go through your things, remember the reason why you wanted it in the first place. Don’t despise your days of little beginnings, stop complaining and making excuses, have a grateful attitude, get the word of God in your mouth and in your heart and watch as God uses that little to create much.
Today I pray you are learning to appreciate what you already have, ask God how to use it for His Glory
Here are some additional scriptures to help you…
2 Kings 4:1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the LORD. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
Zechariah 4: 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.)
John 6: 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”
2 Peter 1:3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Corinthians 4:7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
Love u more than u know, Pastor Steph