Thursday, November 17, 2011

What's in Your Hand?

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.
Zechariah 4:10

Earlier today, I posted this verse on the A Moment with God Facebook page. (If you haven't already, I encourage you to join the conversation on Facebook by clicking the "f" icon under Connect with Me on the right side of this blog.)  On Facebook I asked for ideas on what this verse meant and I got some good responses.  You can head over there and check them out. 

This verse makes me think of the discussion God had with Moses. 

Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. Exodus 4:2

God had just appeared to Moses in the burning bush.  He said to Moses, "I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”(Ex. 3:10)  The conversation continues with Moses giving all the excuses as to why he is the wrong man for the job.  Finally God says to him, "What is that in your hand?"  God told Moses to take that staff and use it to perform miraculous signs with it. (Ex. 4:17).  It wasn't the staff that had supernatural powers; the miracles came directly from God.  But God wanted Moses to see that He would use the small thing he had to accomplish something BIG.


What is in your hand?  

What seemingly small thing do you have to offer God today?  God says not to despise these things; He delights in seeing the work begin.  Take that first step and offer what you have to God.  

Moses had a staff.
David had a sling.
Samson had a jawbone.
Rahab had a string.
Mary had some ointment.
Aaron had a rod.
Dorcas had a needle.
All were used by God.
~Max Lucado

What do you have?  Much more than you might think. 

Many blessings,

Linking with:
Thought Provoking Thursday @ SomeGirl's Website
Koinonia Thursdays @ Sharing the Journey

10 comments:

  1. I have been there. God how can You use little ole me!? I am not worthy. I cannot do it. I am not equipped. But when God calls, You go. We are equipped, equipped with His call and His power. Great post.

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  2. Great thoughts today Lisa! Know matter how small our offering to Him is, He will use it for His glory if we just give it over to Him!

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  3. REALLY needed to hear this today! Thank you!

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  4. I love this! god always sees something in us that no one else can!! Love the Max Lucado quote too;)

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  5. Love, love, love this post!!!

    "What's in you hand?" What fantastic question!!!

    Thank you for challenging us, your readers, today!

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  6. Lisa,

    These are some powerful words, beautifull words, words of encouragement and hope. Words that make us look beyond our own smallness, to see the greatness of God.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

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  7. I really liked that. Sometimes I feel like my hands are so full... and sometimes, I think I don't have anything to use. Great post, Lisa

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  8. Wonderful insight Lisa! God can take even the most modest beginnings, and work wonders. Our open hearts and the obedience to follow His guidance can be powerful tools in His service!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  9. Great post! I opened my empty hands to Him and he gave me blankets :) Now my entire dining room, garage and all our cars are filled to the brim with blankets, and Bibles, and candy canes. What joy it is to deliver and see the gratefulness on precious faces :)
    Bless you Lisa!

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  10. Some days, this is a hard question to ask, because I just feel I have so little to give, because I'm knee deep in refinement and growth. But, I know even in those moments, there is something!

    Great thoughts. Thanks for linking up in the Koinonia Community! :)

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