Is what you desperately need already in your hand and you don’t realize it?
I can’t begin to count the number of times someone has told me they can’t accomplish an objective because they don’t have (fill in the blank). The excuses are often some variation of:
- “I don’t have enough funding.”
- “I don’t have enough people.”
- “I don’t have enough time.”
I’m not surprised by these excuses. I know I’ve used each of them myself at some stage in my career.
When we confronted with an enormous obstacle we can’t see our way around; we often give up mentally never realizing we already have everything we need.
This is not a new phenomenon. Moses was confronted with an enormous obstacle and didn’t realize all he needed was already in his hand.
Moses, What’s in Your Hand?
God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3). Moses offered up excuse after excuse to God why selecting him was a bad choice. God reassured Moses saying, “I will be with you.”
As Moses continued to make excuses, God said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” replied Moses. God used this simple shepherd’s staff to perform miracles before the Egyptians and the Israelites. This ultimately led to the Israelite’s deliverance from the Egyptians.
Moses wasn’t the only example of a “what’s in your hand” miracle. Jesus performed a similar miracle in the feeding of the 5,000.
Jesus asked, “What do You Have?”
At the end of a long day, a crowd of some 5,000 men (probably 15,000 or more including women and children) surrounded Jesus and the disciples. The disciples expressed concern that the people did not have anything to eat, so they suggested Jesus send them away. Instead, Jesus told the disciples, “You give them something to eat” (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15).
The disciples started with their excuses:
- “This is a remote place.”
- “We don’t have enough food to feed them all.”
- “It would take a year’s wages to buy them all food.”
Jesus asked them, “What do you have?” The disciples said, “We have only five loaves of bread and two small fish.”
Then Jesus took the bread and the fish and looking up to heaven He gave thanks. He directed the disciples to distribute the bread and fish to everyone. When they finished, they picked up 12 baskets full of leftovers, one for each disciple!
Jesus’ lesson for the disciples was that you could trust that whatever you have if you place it in God’s hands, it will be enough. In fact, it will be MORE than enough!
What is in Our Hand?
Moses learned that even the simple shepherd’s staff in his hand was mighty when submitted to the Lord.
Jesus demonstrated to the disciples how God would bless and multiply what they had not just to meet their needs but to exceed their needs.
The key for Moses was to surrender his will and submit to God’s calling. The key for the disciples was to place their trust and faith in God to meet their every need.
Leaders, the next time you face with what seems like an insurmountable obstacle look to see what is in your hand. Remember to submit and surrender to God’s will while trusting in faith that He can and will meet all your needs.
As Paul said, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
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Category: Personal Development | Dependence on God