Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”
Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 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. “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.” – Exodus 4:1-5 (NIV)
There are several moments I can recall from my childhood when a word of encouragement or wisdom or truth overcame my doubts. Whether it was trying a new thing or overcoming a challenge in school, my mother or father would help me move beyond myself to what I could be. I was able to experience so many things and learn more about myself, the world and the God who created us both. They were doubt dispellers and truth tellers and I am eternally grateful.
Moses needed the great doubt dispeller and truth teller. His experience in leaving Egypt had left him with several doubts: Would the Egyptians remember him with wrath or mercy? Would the Israelites accept anyone from the royal family as their leader? Would anyone listen to his message? These doubts were so pervasive that they overcame the awe he had been filled with when he first encountered the burning bush. In the face of God’s obvious presence, Moses needed a background check and a performance guarantee.
Our children are going to experience these moments of doubt and they will need a staff in their hands to help them overcome it. Whether it is a memory verse, a meaningful saying, a picture, a physical object that represents something to them or just your presence, they will need something to remind themselves and others that they can be exactly who God created them to be.
But the enemy loves doubt. He relishes the opportunity to plant weeds in our children’s hearts to crush dreams and choke their potential. It is good to remember that the Aaron’s staff turned into a snake and consumed the snakes of the Egyptian priests. In our children’s lives, we need to teach them that through Christ they are over-comers.
Lord, help me to be a doubt dispeller and a truth teller for my children. Give me the words and tools I need to put a staff of confidence and boldness in their hands that is rooted in Your word and filled with Your presence. Help me be an over-comer in my own life so that my children can see your victory at work. Amen.