Day 1 // Moses and His Miracles Exodus 4:1-9

Focus

Where has God surprised you with how He has used you?

Read

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

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

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.

“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

Reflect

In this passage, God responds to Moses’ anxieties by giving him three miraculous signs and an encouragement about his weakness of speech. 

What does Moses believe is required to serve God in Egypt? 

What does God think is necessary?

Turning the staff into a snake and back is the first of many miracles in the Exodus story. To Moses, the staff was just that—a staff. It didn’t represent anything special or out of the ordinary, and Moses certainly didn’t expect it to become a snake! But in God’s eyes, the staff was yet another tool He could use to accomplish His purposes, save His people, and establish His kingdom. All Moses needed to do was throw it on the ground. 

Often times, we wrestle with God in prayer asking Him to solve our problems or relieve our anxieties when He’s already given us the tools we need to be faithful. 

What is in your hand? Do you have time, talent, or treasure that God could use for His kingdom work?

Apply

What has God given you to use for His purposes? What are you currently not utilizing for His kingdom work and how can you be a better steward of that this week?