Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.
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.
What do you have? Much more than you might think.
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