“So go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes down to the river. Stand on the bank of the Nile and meet him there. Be sure to take along the staff that turned into a snake.”
Before each miraculous plague, God gave Moses instructions which most often involved one consistent ingredient…Moses’ staff. Oft times God would say, take it with you, throw it down, pick it up, or raise it up.
Why would God want Moses to take along the staff? Indeed, it symbolized shepherding sheep, but perhaps even more, it symbolized God shepherding Moses! However, God also emphasized it must be the staff that turned into a snake, characterizing God’s power. So, each time he picked up that staff, God wanted Moses to remember His faithful care through difficult years as well as His power to do the impossible. Moses needed to carry that staff of faith to the next miracle.
What staff does God want me to take along on my journey? What memories of HIS care and HIS power? When I carry that staff of faith, I will soon realize as Moses did…it is not really my staff, it is GOD’s! Later on when the Israelites were in battle, as long as Moses held the staff of GOD in his hand, the enemy was defeated.
No wonder God says, “Be sure to take the staff.” He knows that if we keep on carrying the memories of GOD’s past miracles, we will then have faith for HIS future miracles!