Unlimited: Throw Your Staff on the Ground

Aug 6, 2019 1098

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” (Exodus 4:2, NIV).

Moses was giving God excuse after excuse about why he didn’t want to serve God, and all the while, he was clutching his shepherd’s staff tightly. This was a vitally important tool on which Moses had learnt to depend. But the Lord knew what was going on and he asked him what he had in his hand. When Moses replied that it was a staff, the Lord asked him to throw it on the ground.

There’s a powerful spiritual meaning in this episode. Moses was relying on his own strength. And so, God asks Moses to throw the very item that Moses used for work, support, and protection to the ground.

When Moses threw his staff on the ground, it became a snake. Moses saw his staff in its true form, as a deadly enemy, and he ran from it. We too would run from many the things to which we are most attached if we could only see how dangerous they are to our souls.

Today, the Lord is asking you the same question that he asked Moses, “What is in your hand?” The Lord is asking you to trust in him alone, so that you may be qualified to serve him. Admit your weakness, and God will become your strength.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: What’s in your hand? What’s your staff? Are you willing to throw it on the ground? What’s holding you back?

 

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