One of the signs God used to convince Moses to appear before Pharoah was turning Moses’ walking stick into a snake. As if a burning bush that wasn’t consumed by the fire wasn’t enough, Moses didn’t believe God could use him to free the nation of Israel from 400 years of slavery. When Moses asked God for proof, God asked Moses, “What’s that in your hand?”
Moses probably found the stick or crafted it a long time before this meeting with God. It was a simple tool of no importance, but God used it in a miraculous way. Even to God, the staff wasn’t the important thing, but God used a simple tool Moses carried to display amazing acts of divine power.
God will use what you possess to do what he is calling you to. The stuff you have isn’t the power, it’s God who gives power to the stuff you already have. In this message, Pastor Casey explains how every part of our life, no matter how insignificant it might seem, can be used by God for his purpose. Are you willing to let go of it and allow God to use it?
When the Israelites left Egypt they were a people united with a common vision and following one leader – Moses. The first time in some four hundred years, the people of God were a people with renewed purpose and led by one, chosen leader. Moses led God’s people for nearly four decades and he was the first dedicated leader than many of them ever had. And then he died.
After he died, God spoke a wonderful truth about Moses. God called him “My servant”. The people found themselves without a leader, yet God held the plan and God wanted the Israelites to continue with the vision he gave them through Moses.
The Life’s Journey congregation may feel like a people without a shepherd, but we are reminded that God is the leader and he is the true shepherd. As Life’s Journey begins the process of finding a new senior pastor, we know that God is with us where ever we go. Be encouraged as Casey reminds us that God sets the vision and we will continue with purpose, strength and courage if we are willing to listen and move just as Joshua and the Israelites learned.
Stetson Spang shared encouragements from the story of Moses. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt under a cruel Pharaoh and yet it is a story of God’s greatness and faithfulness. It is a story in which we can learn how to see God’s glory even when circumstances around us are dark.
In the middle of great oppression, Exodus 1:12 tells us “the more [the Israelites] were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.” (ESV)
Be encouraged by the many insights Stetson offers from the story of Israel. With God you can see the blessing in any problem.