And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
There is no excuse for disobedience to God. We do like to make excuses sometimes, though. We feel we’re not talented enough or don’t have the right resources. We feel we have some glaring fault or weakness that will prohibit us from being used by God how He wants us to be. We may blame other people for hindering us or be afraid of what people will say. Maybe we just simply don’t want to do what God has asked of us.
But God knows all about our weaknesses before He asks us to do something. He knows what we will face when we move forward with His plan. He wants to use us where we are, with what we have when He calls us to some action. All Moses had was his rod, and so God used that seemingly insignificant object to perform many mighty works through Moses. We may have just one talent that seems so small and useless. And in our own hands, with only our own ability, it would be very small and useless. But God is big and powerful. And when He works through something, amazing things will happen. It is only by His power that we are able to accomplish anything for Him. We are not to trust in our own talents or resources, but to rely completely on God.
When we truly feel God’s call in our life, when we know He wants us to do something, there’s no need to hesitate or make excuses. He knows what resources and abilities we have at our disposal, and even if we can’t see how they can be used for God’s purpose, we have to trust that He does. He takes us as we are. He uses what we already have. He does mighty things in and through us simply because of our obedience and our willingness to trust Him.
If Moses had been a mighty warrior, an eloquent speaker and a charismatic leader, he probably wouldn’t have been as useful to God in the daunting task ahead of him. That seems contrary to our thinking. But Moses—a shepherd slow of speech who needed Aaron as his mouthpiece—needed to depend more on God than anything he had within himself. And ultimately God was able to showcase His power and might and receive all the glory for the battles fought and won by His mighty hand. Whatever our “rod” is, whatever we have right now, let’s be sure to use it for God to fulfill His purposes.