This question appears for the first time in Exodus 4:2, where God called Moses and told him to go and lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Moses however was afraid that they won’t believe him and he asked for a sign of the power of God and God asked him this question ‘What is in your hand?’ To Moses, it was just a staff used to beat stubborn sheep but to God, it was it was the instrument by which miracles will be performed. To Moses it was just a rod, to God it was an instrument for miracles. The staff by the power of God became the staff of God (Exodus 4:20) and it was used to part the red sea, perform the 10 plagues, bring water out of the rock etc.
Another example is in John 6: 5-12, here Jesus was faced with the challenge of feeding over 5000 people who had gathered to hear him speak. They needed food and asked if anyone had any to spare; a boy offered his 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes (which is not even enough to feed only Jesus and his disciples). To the disciples 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes couldn’t feed 5000 people but to God it was more than enough. Jesus blessed the little and it was enough with 12 baskets of leftovers.
God works with what is in our hands. Many a times we look outside ourselves for help to do something, thus doubting God’s ability to use that which he had placed in us, take our little and make it into something more than enough for us.
We have another example in 2 kings 4: 1- 7; the widow of a prophet was in debt and had no means of paying up, she went to Elisha for help and what did he do! He asked her, ‘What do you have in your house?’ She replied ‘Nothing, just a little oil’. To her that oil was nothing, but to God it was what she needed to meet her current need. Elisha gave instructions and the little oil filled barrels and was sold to cover her debts. We see many such examples in the bible, when God used people’s current abilities and possessions to bless them and increase their lot.
At every point in a person’s life, there is a manifestation of his destiny available to him for his use to get to that destiny. What you’re going to be, is going to come out from what you have/are now.
Because by his power he has given us everything necessary for life and righteousness- 2 Peter 1:3
All you need to do is not despise what you have now, instead be grateful for it, nurture it with all of your heart and speak the word of God into it then watch God use it to increase you.
Do not despise these small beginnings – Zechariah 4:10
We have desires, aspirations, dreams etc. and sometimes it causes us to despise what we currently have; we hate our jobs, partners, house, clothes, everything about us seems to be just what we don’t need. But I challenge you to see that God will use what you currently have to get you to where he needs you to be. Nothing happens by chance; you are not in that current situation by chance, it’s all part of a plan and supposed to work together for your good but that can only happen if you stop despising and complaining about what you have and start seeing what God wants to do through it.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty – 1 Corinthians 1:27
How do we turn what we have now into what we need it to be (according to the will of God)? Wee simple need to find what God’s word says about that thing/situation, confess that word with our mouth over and over again and by that we are injecting the life of God into it. So instead of complaining about does things, we speak the word of God into them.
As we go on into a new week, don’t despise your days of little beginnings, stop complaining and making excuses, have a grateful attitude, get the word of God in your mouth and in your heart and watch as God uses that little to create much.
What is in your hands?
God Bless You. Have a fruitful week
Inspired by Today’s Message at Covenant Christian Centre, preached by Pastor Poju Oyemade. Click here to download it
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