In your Hand

Moses looked down at the old shepherds stick he held in his hand and felt a twinge of shame.
The LORD had asked Moses ‘What is in your hand.’ To which Moses had replied that it was just a shepherd’s rod. In Moses’ heart he felt it was really just a symbol of the 40 years in the wilderness and all the mistakes he’d made in the past. It reminded him of when he lost his temper and made some serious mistakes. It represented all his failures and all his worst moments. (Exodus 4:4)
Then God said “Take that rod and cast it away from you onto the ground.” Stand back, get some perspective and see it as the serpent that it is. It is not you; it is separate from you. Your past is not you, it just happened to you. Failure is never a person but only an event.
The enemy had spoken lies to Moses for 40 years. “You are useless, you blew it, your pathetic, your no use to God and no use to the Hebrews” and it had crippled Moses with regret and shame ever since.
It is never the things that happen to us that become the problem but it is always the lies that Satan attaches to those events and failures that affect us most. God wants us to see that the past is not our identity and wants us to be free from every lie of the devil.
Finally God said “Take the snake by the tail it will become a sign of your authority from me.” As Moses tentatively picked up the serpent, it became a rod which he took with him on his mission to Egypt.
Friend, our past is not our identity. Once free from our past, it can become a great tool in your ministry to those you are called to reach. Take up your rod today. The mess of yesterday that we are now free from, God can make our message of freedom tomorrow