“And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand…….” (Exodus 14:2)
Moses was one of those rear human breed who enjoyed unprecedented moment of friendship with the Almighty God. The Shepherd turned leader of the Israelites during their history-making trip from Egypt to Canaan land spoke mouth to mouth with God (Exodus 33:11). But this didn’t happen overnight as he initially struggled to release his source of defence to God. He also said: ‘what if they do not believe me or listen to me..? And the Lord asked him to throw his rod on the ground which later became a snake’ (Exodus 14:1- 3).
Control freaks will argue that throwing down your rod – your independence etc can be frightening especially in this age of heightened abuse of all manners. But in your relationship with God, as long as you hold on to it, He cannot use it to your advantage.
In the game of golf, an amateur golfer believes that in an attempt to drive the ball further, he’ll need to grip the club tighter but the reverse is the rule i.e the secret to a long drive is loosening your grip of the club.
Moses’ rod typified his identity, security and means of his income as a shepherd. So when God asked him to throw it down, He was simply asking Moses to let go of who he was and what he had. So, what are those things that the Lord is asking you to let go of? The more you hold on to it, the more it controls you. If you don’t throw it down, it remains a staff; but exercising faith in God by surrendering it can open the door for contentment, deliverance of a whole nation and avalanche of unprecedented blessings.
You can hang on to it and see what you can do, or hand it over to see what God can do with it.