The Story of The Sticks

Wisdom questions how much can be accomplished with having very little. We tend to have the belief that more can be done if we have enormous financial resources, talented manpower, and innovative ideas. When it is all said and done it doesn't matter to God.

In the book of Judges 3:31, a relatively unknown man named Shamgar delivered Israel from the Philistines single-handedly, How? He won a great victory by killing 600 Philistines with nothing more than an oxgoad ( a stick sharpened on one end to drive slow-moving animals).

In the book of Exodus, when God asked Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses was afraid that the people wouldn't listen to him or follow him. So God said, "What is that in your hand?" (Exodus 4:2). Moses replied, "A rod." God went on to use that rod in Moses' hand to convince the people to follow him, to turn the Nile River into blood, to bring terrible plagues on Egypt, to part the Red Sea, and to perform miracles in the wilderness.

Moses' rod and Shamgar's oxgord, when dedicated to God, became mighty weapons. This allows us to understand that God can use when little we have when surrendered to Him, to do great things, God is not looking for people with great abilities, but for those who are dedicated to following and obeying Him. If you make use of what little you have to serve the Lord with all your heart you will find that He can do great things when you begin to do your part. Little is much when God is in it.

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