How A Stick, Flashlight, Horn and Pot Changed History


Don’t know what to do with that stick in your hand? Give it to Someone who knows how to use it!


“When what’s in your hand isn’t sufficient for your harvest, make it your seed.”

Evangelist Mike Murdock


It’s startling, but we hardly ever conceive of the difference God will make in a situation!

Most of us should know better. We’ve been around long enough to see that when God is combined with any ‘not enough’ scenario in our lives, there’s suddenly plenty for what needs to be accomplished.

God says to Moses “Pick up that stick and lead Israel to their promised land.” And Moses likely responded, “Is that stick enough for the job?” And God’s reply? “Of course not. But that stick and me are more than enough!”

I an hear another similar conversation taking place in Judges chapter seven. God says to this shy and hesitating deliverer “Each of you pick up a horn, flashlight and pottery pitcher and pick a fight with the army of Midian who, by the way, outnumber you 400 to 1.” Gideon gasps at the implication and queries, “We can win a war with horns, flashlights and pots?” God smiles and says “Of course not, but when I am in the equation, those are more than adequate for a routing of the Midianites.”

It’s a story told throughout Scripture. God using little to do much. God turning a kids’ Happy Meal into a meal for thousands. God confounding the religiously trained elite with the testimony of simple, ordinary men who sailed into the conflict with only a faith in the power and Word of their God.

It’s an ongoing story that begs to be told to our generation … if we don’t count God out of the picture. Our ability to become severe realists, to be practical to the core, to use our mental acuity to size up any situation and come up with the obvious outcome often strips God of his omnipotence and omniscience. We simply fail to take our relationship with Him seriously for the job at hand.

If the only ingredient in your defense or offense is what your presently hold in your hand – your physical ability, your quick analytical thinking, or your prepared resources – then indeed, you can most likely foretell the sorry ending to your drama.

But if you choose to follow that wild ‘what if’ in your soul … if you begin to see the struggle as just one more time when your God wants to miraculously step into the picture … if you dare to believe that what you are seeing isn’t really all there is to the picture, then stand back and give control of the outcome to your Father.

Give that stick to Someone who knows how to use it!


“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. “ Romans 8:31-34 The Message


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