Exodus 4:1-2 (NIV) Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me…Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.
Moses’ credentials would not be a well-framed degree hanging on an office wall. His credentials were “the manifestation of the supernatural—the seal of his commission and the attestation of his divine accreditation.” For Moses to lead well and exercise authority over others, he first had to submit himself to the authority of God. In yielding to God, his lowly shepherd’s rod became the “rod of God”—a rod of authority and power greater than the scepter of Egypt. Whenever Moses raised the staff in power, he also raised the memory of his humble status in the backside of the Midian desert. Good leaders never forget their humble beginnings and God’s faithfulness. Their early-on missteps enable them to live humbly before God and their people. Before we can go high in accomplishing Kingdom work, we must go low in humility before God.