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Exodus 4:20 KJV
And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
One of the shepherd’s most important items is his rod. Though ordinary, he uses it quite efficiently to lead and control his flock, protect himself and his flock from thieves or wild animals, leans on it for support when tired, etc. It is somewhat inseparable to the identity of a shepherd and so most times he depends on it for survival.
In life, there are things which represent the shepherd’s rod to us. It could be race, family, wealth, nationality, education, creed, talents, cultural heritage, etc. Many, unfortunately, attach too much importance to these things that they miss their true purpose. Even if one is favored by all of these things, a life without Jesus is ultimately a life of unfulfilled potential.
Looking at the life of Moses in Exodus 4:2, the rod, he held was initially an ordinary stick, but in verse 20, after casting it down in obedience to God, it became ‘The rod of God’. Through it, Moses performed great miracles (see Exodus 14:16, 21-28).
As believers, we mustn’t hold back from God certain aspects of our lives. Everything we have must be cast down on God’s altar of sacrifice first, and then afterward, God through those things committed to Him can use us for His mighty works. Like Goliath discovered in 1Samuel 17:43-51, the kingdom of darkness is always defeated by the believer who carries in him Christ (the rod of God (Isaiah 11:1-10)) and who through Him has become God’s war hammer (Jeremiah 51:20-23). He will not fear or be intimidated by one who carries an ordinary stick!
Go into today walking in victory over all of life’s challenging and death valleys (Psalm 23:4) because you carry the rod of God.