by Gina Caswell Kelly
In Exodus 4, God and Moses are having a conversation. God is telling Moses what to tell the people about Him. Moses is terrified. Finally, God asks Moses, “What is in your hand?” The story goes on. Moses had a shepherd’s staff in his hand. God asked him to throw it down, which he did and it became a snake. God then tells Moses to pick up the snake by the tail, which he did, and the snake turned back into a staff. I think God was giving Moses a little demonstration of what power was going to be his if he followed the Lord’s commands. But, I want to look back at the question. “What is in your hand?”
My preacher preached on this verse yesterday. As I was looking at the verses in my Bible, I was reading my notes I had written in the margins. What my notes said was, “God only wants to use what you have. You do not have to wait until you are equipped. He will use what is in your hand.”
So, what is in your hand? Our hands are full of our life experiences. We have all gone through so many things in our lives, both good and bad. God intends us to use whatever we have been through to help others to grow and come to know Him. If you have grief and loss in your hand, then open your hand up and let God use that to help others going through the same thing. Do you have periods of financial stress in your hand? Open it up and let God use that to show others how He can work in our lives when we trust Him.
You should also have your faith in God in your hand. Your hands hold the beautiful pictures of when God has been true to His Word and your faith in Him has grown. He wants us to use that faith to help others. Open your hands and show the world that faith you have in the Savior.
Sometimes what we hold in our hands is fear of what is coming. My grandson Braylon and I were talking on the way to basketball on Saturday about defense. He was saying that he was pretty nervous about playing the team they were facing that day. I told Him to open his hands. If your hands are full of fear, then open them up and let God take that fear away and let Him fill your hands with courage and faith. I watched him when his team ran to the defensive end. I saw that kid open his hands up wide and look up toward the ceiling. I kind of wanted to get a little teary-eyed because I knew he was using the lesson that we had talked about in the car. I loved that picture. There are always going to be times when we are scared or worried or anxious about things. When God asks what is in our hands, He wants us to examine our lives and get rid of those things that keep us from being all we can be and hold on to those things that can be used to help others in this world. He wants us to open our hands.
So, again I ask you “What is in your hand?” Open your hands and give all your fears to God. Open your hands and let the world see what He has done in your life. Open your hands! It will make a difference.