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​Exodus 4:1-7

1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”“A staff,” he replied. 3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 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. 5 “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.” 6 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. 7 “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. 8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 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.” 10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” 14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Message Notes

1. Life can get average real quick.

Marriage is exciting, having kids is exciting, making new friends is exciting, but if we are not careful we can settle into a live of average and get overwhelmed by the mundane. It is hard to be thankful in the mundane because it never seems missional.

2. Giving in causes you to misinterpret what you have.

Moses had given in to the idea that he would never be more than a shepherd to someone else’s sheep. He was out of options and out of dreams. God calls to him from the burning bush and he cannot put it together that his life had been set up to do the exact thing God was asking him to do.

Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

In one season the staff seems worthless, in another it’s invaluable.

3. If you could see more you would appreciate more?

God showed Moses what he could do with the same thing that Moses had been carrying around in defeat.

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

The very thing that I thought God had abandoned me over he will actually use for someone else’s good.

4. Thank your way into it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Go ahead and give thanks and God will open your eyes to a greater possibility for your circumstances.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Are you ever underwhelmed by this stage of your life?
  2. Do you ever find yourself having trouble coming up with things to be thankful for?
  3. Has there ever been a time when you gave up only to find out God was preparing you for something bigger?
  4. What are the things that are easy to devalue in the mundane parts of our lives?
  5. Why is it easier to be thankful when you can see the whole picture.
  6. Give an example of something in your life that you have undervalued but now can see as an asset?
  7. How can you “Thank Your Way Into It” in this season of your life?