Topic: Seize the Initiative [November 5, 2016]
Text: Exodus 4:1-17
Key Verse: "And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs" (Exodus 4:17).
A minister of God went to visit one of his poor members. He heard that he was in deep poverty and decided to go and help him. When he came to his house, he knocked loud and long, but there was no response. At last he opened for him because he thought it was the landlord calling for his rent. The minister then asked him, "What do you have at home? With sorrow and sadness of heart he said he had nothing except few sheets of paper and an old fountain pen on the table. “You can write articles for a local publication", so admonished the pastor! With the encouragement of the minister, he started a writing career and some years later, became the editor-in-chief of a multinational organization with fat remuneration.
It is true you can use what you have to get what you don't have in a legitimate way. In our text, Moses was fearful because he thought he would be rejected by the people of Israel when God called him to deliver them. The shepherd stick in his hand which was commonly used for walking, guiding the sheep or killing snakes turned to be an instrument for miracles. While God promised to be with Moses and teach him what he should say, He equally brought Aaron to be his spokesman. People are generally not impressed with small and unnoticed things.
We have the idea that it is unimportant unless it is big in size and noticeable. God doesn't measure life the way we do. Sometimes, He takes joy in using ordinary things for extraordinary purposes. He uses ordinary and weak men who have faith in Him to accomplish great things. The challenge for every believer here is to rely on God for what He can do through him. Consider your little strength and resources and surrender them for God's use.
Thought for the day: Little is much when God is in it.
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 43-45
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.