The Lord said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail” – so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand.  (Exodus 4: 2-4, NIV)


This story is an example of how the Lord will use anything to turn our attention toward Him. God wanted Moses to get completely in line with His plans for the people of Israel. That required Moses to understand once and for all that God calls the shots. God needed Moses to put his life into God’s hands for God to use as He wanted. And, God wanted Moses to use his “gifting” with confidence because it belonged to God.

Moses’ staff was standard equipment for a shepherd – his work before God gave him his new assignment. The action of throwing it on the ground was obedience. Running from the unexpected and unwelcome snake was simply common sense. But picking up the snake? That was obedience and courage, followed by relief as it became his staff again.

Over time, and with experiences like this one, God trained Moses to become a tremendous leader. As Moses learned through practice and obedience, he became the man God wanted him to become. The staff-serpent would be used several times to work miracles as God broke the power of Egyptian rule over Israel.

How does this relate to us? In our work situations, the staff can symbolize the roles and gifts God has given us. Throwing the staff down symbolizes our surrender to Christ as part of our daily walk with Him. Picking up the serpent, then changing it back to the staff, symbolize the reality that once we give our life to Christ, it becomes His. Although the staff may look the same afterward, it really isn’t. We may carry it, but Christ owns it!

Give your heart and staff to Christ this week as you go about your business. Surrender your life to Him and allow Him to call the shots. He knows what is best for you in every situation!


Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ”!

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16 Comments on “OBEDIENCE!”

  1. Dave, This is wonderful, thank you for this post. It was just a couple of days ago thought about Moses and his staff came to mind, magic came to mind. My use of pendulum is my staff, my pendulum is not serpent, it is God’s power of love that swings my pendulum and so I hope, as my love grows for God, His Son, and Spirit all in ONE. Faith grows as Christ is born in our hearts, giving birth.


  2. The serpent reminds me that sometimes God asks us to do scary things…at least they appear scary to us but it ALL works together for good! Great post Dave, thank you.


  3. Amen! When I read the part in your blog where God tells Moses to pick it up, I halted, I would have questioned God, “Are you really, seriously sure this ok to do???” What obedience Moses showed! I loved the analogy about laying it down and picking it back up, I had never thought of it like that. Thank you for this post!


    • Thanks, Toni! I’m not real sure I would have picked up that serpent either. It definitely takes faith, obedience, and courage to put all of our trust in the Lord. Thanks for your comment. 🙂 Dave


  4. AR Neal Says:

    Great post and even better insight! Thank you 🙂


  5. Pastor Roland Ledoux Says:

    What an awesome analogy of the gifts of the Holy Spirit! And so important in today’s world! Great post as usual! God bless as you keep giving of YOUR gifts!


  6. alwayzhis Says:

    Exceptionally Spirit directed post. Your closing remarks “Give your heart and staff to Christ this week as you go about your business. Surrender your life to Him and allow Him to call the shots. He knows what is best for you in every situation!” All I can say is AMEN! Thank you
    Be blessed


  7. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Wow! Love the symbolism! Thank you, Dave! 😀


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