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What Do You Have in Your Hand?
by Francisca M. Trexler

The Lord said to him [Moses], 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he [Moses] replied" (Exodus 4:2, NIV).

God appeared in the burning bush. He told Moses that He (God) wanted him to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses told God that the people might not believe or listen to him. Think about Moses' self-worth: His self-worth was low. He did not have faith in himself. Moses felt that he did not have any skills or abilities to lead God's people out of Egypt. Egypt was the world's most powerful nation at that time. Moses felt that he was not worthy of God's call. He felt he had no quality in himself.

God tried to teach Moses an important lesson. That lesson is important for us, too. "What is that in your hand?" God asked. Moses said, "A staff." God was saying, "If you can use the staff, you can lead My people out of Egypt!"

"What is that in your hand?" means that we need to think about how God thinks of us. God values us. We are very important to God. God trusted Moses. If Moses had known God valued him as His son, Moses would have had good self-worth.

Today, many young people have low self-worth. Self-worth is the same as self-respect. We need to ask ourselves, Do I like myself? That question sounds strange. But the question shows how much we really appreciate about ourselves in God's view.

Many young people do wrong things because of their low self-worth. They are trying to find something that will fill their lives. They are trying to be happy when they do something that is not right. They are lost in the world, trying to find what is good for them. Young people do things they think will help them to improve their self-worth. But what they do hurts them more. Their wrong lifestyle damages their self-worth.

The question, "What is that in your hand?" shows that God still loved Moses and that He loves all of us. Moses made a terrible mistake when he lost his temper. He killed an Egyptian. He thought he would free the Israelites in his own way. All of us make many mistakes. We feel we are not important because of our past mistakes. But we must remember that God accepts us. He created the kind of person we are. Some people are not happy with the way they look. So they try to be "cool" by doing wrong things to get other people's attention.

We feel uncomfortable about coming to God as we are. Let us be ourselves and meet Jesus as we are. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16, NIV). This verse shows that we do not need to change before we meet Jesus in our personal prayer or ask Him to forgive our sins. Just be yourself and tell Jesus of your personal problem in your prayer. Jesus really understands how you feel because He experienced human problems when He was on earth. Let Jesus help you. Your self-worth will improve if you completely depend on Jesus and let Him work in your life. Read Philippians 2:13. Also, Jesus promises us, "I will be with you" (Matthew 28:20). A relationship with Jesus will improve our self-worth. We need to have a good relationship with Jesus, then our religion will become real. We all are prodigal children. Let us return to Jesus.

What is that in your hand? You may hold something you think is more valuable than Jesus. Jesus is asking you the same question. What will you say to Him? He still loves you, no matter who you are or how badly you have sinned against Him. Do not let sins of the world separate you from Jesus. Do not hold on to sins of pride, pleasure, etc. Let Jesus give you something that will change your life and improve your self-worth. Jesus is more than willing to forgive you and cleanse you from all sins (1 John 1:9). Knowing Jesus better, you can say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" (Philippians 4:13).

Now, back to the question God asked Moses. God knew Moses had skills that Moses did not know he had. Moses said, "The staff." That staff in his hand really could not fight against the powerful army of Egypt. But God saw differently from what Moses saw. That staff represents faith in God and God's power. That piece of wood defeated Egypt and did many wonderful things during the Exodus because of God's blessings. God knows you have some skills. God asks you, "What is that in your hand?" that you can use to share the gospel around the world. He has faith in you to tell everyone about His LOVE.

Let us pray: "Father, we thank You so much for allowing Jesus to die to save us from sin and death. Thank You so much for understanding us as You understood Moses. Help us grow to be more like Jesus, and give us courage to do Your work. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen."

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