“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘What is that in your hand?’ ‘A staff,’ he replied. God said, ‘Throw it on the ground.‘” – Exodus 4:2 (NIV)
What does some obscure Old Testament verse have to do with recovery, and particularly recovery in the sexual integrity realm? Well, if we look at it a little more closely, we’ll see it has a lot to do with it.
At this point in his life, Moses was a shepherd, and the shepherd’s staff would have been one of the most useful tools he possessed. So first and foremost, it represented his identity. Every shepherd had one. It was the thing that identified them from other people with other occupations. Secondly, it represented his source of income. It was the thing that kept the sheep in line and that kept them from wandering off or getting into dangerous situations. It was the thing that enabled him to do his job and earn a living. And thirdly, it represented his influence on other people, as we see later when he uses it, through God’s power, to part the Red Sea. In short, the staff represented the very essence of Moses!
So when God told Moses to throw it down on the ground, it wasn’t just to perform some fancy trick. It was God’s way of saying, ‘I want you to give me your whole life, who you are, what you do, and how you act. I want you to throw it down before me and let me have it, and let me make you into the man I want you to be.’
What’s your identity? Is it the good father and husband at church, but the one who flirts with and can’t keep his eyes off the secretaries at work? God wants you to throw down that which identifies you with sexual impurity; let Him have it, and let Him change you.
How about your source of income? Are you in a job that pays well but is adding to your internet pornography struggle that you can’t seem to get a handle on? Afraid to step out in faith that God has a better job somewhere that will boost your recovery rather than hinder it? God wants you to throw it down, let Him have it, and let Him change you.
And what about your sphere of influence? Do you have leadership gifts that you know God has blessed you with, but you can’t seem to break that addiction to prostitutes or massage parlors? You know you could be a good influence over many people, but right now your gifts are just being wasted? God wants you to throw it down, let Him have it, and let Him change you.
Throwing down sexual sin requires one thing: submission to God. It requires saying, ‘God, you know best, and I’m going to give it to you.’ And the best way to ‘give it to God’ is to follow your action plan from Every Man’s Battle. It requires spending time in God’s Word and time in prayer. It requires having an accountability relationship and a support group of other strugglers. It requires meeting with a spiritual mentor for guidance, and it may require seeing a professional Christian counselor to get at some of the deep-seated wounds that you haven’t felt comfortable dealing with.
Most of all it requires saying, ‘God, everything I am and have is yours, and I throw it down before you, and give it to you.’ Then you’re ready to be sexually pure and ready to be used in a mighty way by God!
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