Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me …” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” (Exodus 2:1-2 NIV).
We all know how Moses resisted the call God had on his life. In the previous chapter of Exodus, God had said two things relevant to that calling. In 2:8 He said, “ I have come down to rescue them…” In 2:10 He concluded that statement by saying, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
When God calls us to something, we don’t get a ticket to sit in the bleachers and watch Him do that thing. In the 14th chapter of Exodus, as the multitude approached the Red Sea with the furious Egyptians closing fast from behind, it seems Moses had become more confident in his presentation skills. So he decided it was time for a pep talk to the people (verses 13-14), “…Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
God responded (vs. 15-16), “…Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff (that same staff God was talking about in 2:2) and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water…”
When God told Jehoshaphat He would fight for them (2 Chronicles 20:17) the theme of doing something was repeated twice in the same verse. God said first, “You will not have to fight this battle.” But He followed that up with, “…Take up your positions; stand firm…” Then He said, “…see the deliverance the LORD will give you…” He followed that up with, “…Go out to face them tomorrow…'”
Think About it
Church security operators understand it takes action on our part to carry out God’s will (the Jehoshaphat principle). That’s why they willingly volunteer.
However, we tend to focus on what we don’t have (budget, encouragement of leaders or training participation of team members, etc.).
This week, be thankful for what you have in your hand in whatever battles you are fighting. Incite a sincere Thanksgiving in your circles.
You’ve been given much, even if it just looks like a stick.