by Kerby Campbell
In the Bible, God uses some pretty unusual things, and at times, what would seem to us unusual people, to do some pretty unusual and amazing things. Today, I am writing about one of those people. His name is Moses.
I believe Moses to be the greatest leader of God’s people. God used a man that most people would probably never have chosen to lead the Israelites. God, also, chose a very unusual way to prove to Moses and the Israelites that he was God’s choice.
The Bible shows us many unusual but miraculous circumstances in which God chose to get His work done.
Gideon ~ A man with no recognition, from the smallest tribe. His job was a wheat thrasher. God called Gideon, then convinced him, to lead his people to a great victory over the Midianites. Gideon’s weapons were to be a trumpet and a pitcher with lamps burning inside. I would call that rather unusual!
Samson ~ He was chosen of God to slay a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey. Rather unusual!
Namaan ~ He was a leper who was convinced to go and dip himself in the dirty Jordan River 7 times. Why? There just happened to be a little, servant maid, who had been captured in a battle by the Syrians, living in his house, who knew someone who could help him. Coincidence?
David ~ A teenage shepherd boy who was ordered by his father to take cheese and crackers to his older brothers. He ended up fighting Goliath, the giant, with only a slingshot and 5 smooth stones. Unusual!
The Little Lad ~ He left home one morning with a small lunch consisting of 5 loaves and 2 small fish and ended up feeding over 5,000 for lunch that day. Wow!
God is so amazing and all He wants us to do is trust Him with whatever He brings about in our lives and believe it is His will to accept it and perform it with great pleasure.
In Exodus chapters 3 and 4 shows us God’s call and His will for Moses’ life. Notice that Moses was a great leader who led millions of Jews on a journey to the Promised Land.
God set a bush on fire in the desert and an angel appeared to Moses. As Moses drew closer to the bush, the very voice of God spoke to him and said, “I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt and heard their cry and I know their sorrows.” From that time God called on Moses to be their leader to go against Pharaoh and to deliver them from their affliction! God was saying to
Moses, just as I believe He sometimes speaks to us, I want you and need you for a mission that needs to be accomplished. It does not matter if we feel unqualified to do His will, as Moses did, just do as Moses did and obey it. Not my will but thy will be done.
Exodus 4:17, “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.”
- Notice that God put a rod in Moses’ hand. Sometimes God will put in our hands some very unusual things in order to accomplish His will. In my case, arachnoiditis. I feel this is my rod, that God has placed in my hands for now, in order to accomplish His will through our new ministry Treasured Trials.
- Moses was commanded to throw down the rod and it became a serpent and Moses fled from it. Many times we also feel like fleeing from the very thing that God has placed in our hands.
- Moses obediently picked it up by the tail and immediately it became a rod once again. We should never be afraid to pick up whatever rod God puts in our path.
- Moses always called his rod the Rod of God! You and I must never forget that whatever God places in our hand or our life does not belong to us. It belongs to God. In fact, we that are saved belong to God. Just surrender it all to Him.
- Moses was to keep the rod in his hand at all times in order to accomplish God’s will. Every miracle Moses did he always used the rod to accomplish the task like crossing the Red Sea. Exodus 4:2, “And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? and he said, A rod.” Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Yes, I have arachnoiditis and I live with excruciating pain every day but God wants my best. When Jesus was in pain and agony on the cross God gave to us His very best. What will you give back to Him?
- Moses was to use the rod in his hand for one purpose – for God to receive all the glory for what is going to happen. Exodus 4:5, “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.” Moses never wanted to steal the glory of any miracle God did through him. He always gave the credit to God. Whatever, God allows to come into our lives use it for His glory and never take credit for any of it. We must realize it is a joy to be chosen of God in the first place.
- Now we see God’s will was accomplished. Exodus 4:31, “And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.”
Wow! What a God to see how He uses unusual circumstances and events in people’s lives in order to accomplish His will. It is just amazing. I believe I now better understand why I have arachnoiditis and what I must do with it . . . and to Whom must get the glory! Maybe you should ask yourself about the trial that is currently in your life – for what purpose has God allowed this trial in my life and what am I going to do with it. Just pick up the rod of your trial and obey God.
Today, I ask you, what are you going to do with what our Lord has placed in your hand?