| Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” – Exodus 4:2
“God doesn’t care about me! All my mates are married and having children and I can’t even get a date! I don’t even know why I bother with this Christian thing,” Jess cried during one of her many “I am frustrated with God” moments. I simply listened and let her vent all of her emotions. I had learned a few months ago that nothing I said to her during one of her “moments” mattered as they went in one ear and out the other.
As I drove back to my place, I began to wonder why God often seemed so far away when asked for the desires of our hearts. Although I wasn’t too bothered about marriage or lack there of, but there were a few things that I thought was my right and duty to have, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, God chose not to give them to me. I was not as upset as Jess was, but I really was curious to understand how God worked. I still haven’t quite figured that out yet!!!
As I continued to think about my situation and remember my conversation with Jess, I clearly heard the Lord say the words of Exodus 4:2 to me, “What is in your hand?” I was tempted to respond, “The steering wheel of my car,” but I knew that wasn’t what He was referring to. I thought about the question for days, but it still did not make sense to me and I eventually stopped thinking about it.
I arrived at work very excited the following Monday and ran into my manager’s office because I had an epiphany over the weekend about how we could improve some processes within the department. I shared my great ideas with him, and to my dismay, he did not seem as excited as I expected him to be. I asked what he thought, and he said to me, “That’s great, but do you have the reports I asked for last week?” I didn’t have them! And to that he responded, “I appreciate your enthusiasm about the future of the dept, but you can’t neglect your current duties. I need those reports and would like you to solely focus on getting them to me before the end of the day.”
As I made the walk of shame back to my desk, I once again heard, “What is in your hand?” It all made sense to me now! I realized that I had been so focused on the things that I did not have and thought was my right and duty to have that I had neglected what He had already placed in my hands. I hadn’t been faithful over the gifts and responsibilities He entrusted to me and I was already demanding for more. When the Master returns, He is not going to ask how faithful you were over the things that you want or desire. No, He is going to ask how faithful you were over the talents and gifts He entrusted to you, even your singleness, your current job, your families, etc. I am sure that the Lord appreciates our dreams and desires, but He also knows all that we need and has a plan for our future, and He has entrusted certain things to us that He has called us to be faithful over.
So I ask you today dear friends, “What is in your hand?”
Grace and peace be with you.
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