Our Staff as Our Protector
Over the last few weeks, the Lord has inched us closer to a new and exciting opportunity that will open up a new capability for our company, TV production. I have said for years this was not something I had much interest in because we did not have the capability to record the feed in the correct format nor did I fully understand the requirements of a given TV network. The later is not near as big a deal as I once thought.
That changed over the winter when I was led to purchase a piece of equipment that allows us to record the complete feed at the correct resolution. I tested the unit at a couple of our early races. The data files are HUGH! I had no idea it would take as much space as it does. Trying to transfer the files was a long and tedious process. I really thought I had made a mistake buying this unit…that was until the talk about TV became a reality.
At our last event, I was prompted to try and edit some of the files I had recorded at a prior race. Instead of downloading the files, I edited them directly from the hard drive used to record the files. Much to my surprise, it was easy and worked well which led me to record the last race. A few more hours of work this week and we realized there would be no problem editing any footage we captured into a TV show.
The visual the Lord showed me when I read this mornings devotional was this; if we offer up our life, including our work life, to the Lord for His use and glory, there is nothing we can’t do when He calls us to do it. I am finding it much easier to work with God than for Him. (Thanks Lisa!) Let that last statement soak in today, it may just revolutionize your life and walk.
Our Staff as Our Protector
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands'” (Ex 17:9).
Moses’ staff represented his vocation as a shepherd. When God first met Moses’ in the desert at the burning bush, he told him that he was going to use his staff to perform miracles and bring a people out of slavery. God related to Moses through his vocation as a shepherd.
Moses later faced one of his enemies in the new land, the Amalekites. God told him to go to the top of the mountain and hold his staff up to heaven. As long as his staff was outstretched to heaven, Israel would win the battle. But if it was not uplifted, they would suffer defeat.
“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” (Ex 17:10-11).
Isn’t this an interesting picture? When we raise our “staffs” up to the Lord, He becomes our protector. He is our defender. As long we offer up our staffs before the Lord, He can work through it. He works on our behalf. When we lower it, we lose the blessing of God.
When God told Moses He was going to use his staff to bring a people out of bondage, he first had to lay his staff down on the ground. God changed it into a snake and then God told Moses to pick it up by the tail. God was telling Moses to take authority over the serpent in this prophetic act. When Moses picked up the staff, the scripture tells us it is no longer Moses’ staff, but it is now the staff of God.
Friend, the lesson for us is to continually offer up our work lives to the Lord and see His protection and blessing upon us as we continually raise our work to the Lord for His use.