August 12, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
“And it came to pass in the process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them” (Exodus 2:23-25).
God used a man named Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian bondage. God, speaking from the burning bush said, “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt” (Ex. 2:9-10).
Moses’ reply was, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt” (Ex. 3:11)? God said, “Certainly I will be with thee” (Ex. 3:12). Moses, still not certain about himself, said, “But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee” (Ex. 4:1). God then asked a most interesting question, “What is that in thine hand?” (it was a rod). God’s message to Moses was simply, “I have the power to use you and your possessions for My purposes—no matter how insignificant you might feel”…and what a difference that made in Moses’ life!
Christian, the God of heaven has the power to use you for His purposes, if you will let Him. Consider…what is that in your hand?
TIME. So very precious is the time God has placed within our hands. The psalmist eluded to this when he wrote, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Our time on earth is short, and we must use our time for God’s glory, and not our own.
AUTOMOBILE. Sometimes “things” such as automobiles, houses, and gadgets control us, but what a joy it is to see a brother or sister who controls their “things”!
Consider the good that an automobile can do…we can visit someone who is sick, drive to a Bible study, or pick up someone for worship. This author knows a couple who, for several years, drove miles (literally!) out of their way to pick up an elderly lady who had never learned to drive. The task probably became a chore at times, but the couple used their “things” to the glory of God, and the elderly Christian’s son eventually obeyed the gospel. Yes, we can believe James when he wrote, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
LIFE. Paul taught, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1-2). The message is clear…God gave us our life, and the whole of it should be offered to God…a challenge indeed, but it must be done.
OUR SOUL. Finally, God has placed our souls into our hands…therefore, the decision to spend eternity in heaven or in hell rests with each individual. The question is, how are we using what God has placed into our hands?