Thursday, January 3, 2013

What is That In Your Hand?

“Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

The Lord reminded me this week of a sermon I heard a few years back, given by David Ring.  You may not know anything about David, but I will tell you that he is a gifted preacher.  The other thing you need to know about David is that he was born with cerebral palsy.  It is difficult at first to understand him, but oh it is so worth taking the time.

I heard David preach on the verse at the top… when he read the verse, it sounded like he said a wad, and not rod, so after letting everyone have a laugh, he decided to call it a stick.

Today I read the devotional book that Dan I use, I was again reminded that God uses people that others might think are inferior.

A lay preacher with limited education spoke at a service using Luke 19:21 as his text:, “Lord, I feared thee for you are an austere man.” The preacher thought the text was referring to an Oyster Man.

He explained how a diver must grope in dark, freezing water to retrieve oysters, cutting his hands on the sharp edges of the shells.  Once he has the oyster, he returns to the surface, holding it in ‘his torn bleeding hands’… He likened this to Christ descending from heaven to this earth, in order to retrieve humankind and bring them back up with Him, to the Glory of Heaven.  His torn and bleeding hands are a sign of the value He placed on us.

At the end of the service, 12 people received Christ.

So today, I am thanking God that he uses ‘”ordinary people'’ and circumstances to bring Glory to His name.

So, I ask you, what is that in YOUR hand?  Is it a rod, a stick, a child’s hand, a computer?

“We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph. 2:10

Father, I praise you that I don’t have to be perfect to be used by you.  Show me, Lord, just What Is In My Hand??

1 comment:

a portland granny said...

I was so happy to see your post pop to the top of my list today! Thanks for what you shared. I've been much burdened about my prayer life and so moved to increase it in all areas, so the encouragement from your word today was just another plus for me that I am thinking in the right direction!!

I sure wished we could meet for coffee (well tea in my case) sometimes, but that's impossible. I suspect we would find gobs in common and wouldn't have enough time to get our visiting in.

Happy New Year! We don't know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future!