Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, "When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Work a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’" So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Exodus 7:8-9
Moses is still doubting his qualifications (back in exodus 3-4) to be used by God and so God asks him a simple question… what is that in your hand?
the answer – a staff. its what he carried with him all the time, what he leaned on, what he used to whack the sheep if they got out of line, used to pull himself up mountains, maybe even fight off animals attacking his flocks. a simple thing. an ordinary thing.
again God loves to use ordinary things to demonstrate His power and glory. he uses ordinary things to do extraordinary things.
God loves to use ordinary people to demonstrate His power and glory and love and grace.
We are HIS witnesses, His ambassadors and our real everyday lives are used to advertise the reality of God.
what is in your hand? what do i have in my hand?
what are the areas we are gifted in?
what is the personality traits that God has given us?
what do we struggle with?
what have we overcome?
what does our story say about who God is?
what the the things i take for granted about myself?
do we have time to volunteer?
do we have listening ears?
can we bake (and give away)?
are we able to make money?
can we see solutions to problems?
can we organise events?
can we write and communicate the truths of God?
can we hug and bring comfort?
can we pray for someone?
because really, the power comes from God.
God USES that thing that we offer Him.
He used Moses’ stick to demonstrate His power and reality.
Moses didn’t have to have the ABILITY to change sticks into snakes – but his AVAILABLITY was used by God.
By saying YES to God and making what was in his hands AVAILABLE to God, God could use the stick.
God has given us ability.
but AVAILABLITY matters so much more.
Availability is that YES in our spirit that surrenders to God and says HERE I AM, USE ME, that recognises that its not by might, not by power but by the Spirit of the Lord and that we are just jars of clay so that the all surpassing power be of God, not of ourselves.
God is not as interested in your ability today as he is your availability. @pwilson
God will take your availability and do wonders through it to bring glory to His name.
what are the things in our life that we may perceive as ordinary that God can and will use in extraordinary ways to build His kingdom and see the lost saved?
God can use me and my life to demonstrate His glory and power if i am willing. He makes me able.