All We Need

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Moses and the burning bush. I love the idea of God doing the unusual to pull us out of the rut of day-to-day living into which we so often slip.

God calls Moses aside and begins to unfold His great plan to deliver Israel from the bondage of Egypt. He tells an 80 year-old shepherd that he is to assume the command of over 2 1/2 million freed slaves and lead them through the wilderness to the land of promise. First, he has to stand before the most powerful man in the world and demand their release upon the command of an unseen God.

Moses immediately begins to make excuses: They won’t listen to me, God. I am not a great speaker, etc.

God replies with a simple question, “Moses, what is that in your hand?”

Moses happened to be holding a big stick, which is irrelevant. This was not a magic wand. It could have been a pencil, a hammer, a stethoscope or knitting needle. The point God was teaching Moses was that He was able to take the ordinary and use it in miraculous ways. God turned that stick into a snake, then back into a stick again.

Moses learned a valuable lesson that day, when God is all you have, He is all you need.

So often in the journey of faith, we are confronted with tasks or obstacles that exceed our abilities and resources. We must learn to completely rely upon the power of God to provide what we need to go where He leads. We should not depend upon our abilities, possessions, friends or family to do what God has called us to do by His power. We should continue in faith to follow the plan that He has given us.

When God is all we have, He is all we need.

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12 responses to “All We Need

  1. you got a good point there!

  2. Great devotional thought for today. Thanks, I needed to hear these words, When God is all we have, He is all we need.

  3. Great devotional thought for today. Thanks, I needed to hear these words, When God is all we have, He is all we need.

  4. Often the God that we need is the One in our heart but often it is the One in our friend’s heart.

  5. I have always thought that this imagery of the burning bush was a sort of metaphor for God’s people. We’ve always been a bush that burns but doesn’t burn out. Kind of like the treasures in jars of clay that you find in the New Testament.

  6. Whatever we have in our hand, is what God will use. What an excellent take.

    Thank you.

  7. Thanks,everyone, for your visits and thoughts.

  8. True, God does not need us to have much to accomplish a great deal.

    When accomplishing the single gretest act in history, the purchasing of salvation for His chosen people, all God needed was three nails, a mallet and a big old lump of wood.

    To create the Universe, all He needed was His word and His own perfect and divine will.

    How much can He accomplish with nothing but my devout and willing heart?

    MDM

  9. That is undoubtedly the only promise in the Word that we need. It is all encompassing.

  10. When we were newly weds we had nothing…I mean nothing….often we saw the Lord provide miraculously for our needs…we don’t have that happen so much any more now that we make decent money and have a few things, it just isn’t necessary I suppose…I think this can be related to a lot of areas of life…it seems to be the case that if we do “have”…we just “can’t” seem to rely soley on Him.
    Sometimes He has to put us in places of great need so we can learn the secret of reliance completley on Him..and I wish we didn’t have to have it that way but if we have no options…the He becomes our choice.

  11. “This was not a magic wand. It could have been a pencil, a hammer, a stethoscope or knitting needle.”

    What a great way to put it!–>

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