A glove is useless without a hand in it. Our works are futile unless He empowers them. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” Moses’ rod was just a shepherd’s rod until God called Moses.
If you will remember, God used that rod to fulfill His purposes in the lives of the children of Israel. Yet, when Moses took matters into his own hands, the use of that rod disqualified him to enter into the promised land.
What talents has the Lord bestowed on you that you have not yet invested in His Kingdom? They were given for God’s purpose to be fulfilled through you. They are Kingdom gifts. They will not be useful unless He empowers them.
When He empowers your talent, He will use it as part of the good works He preordained for you to walk in. However, when we bury them out of fear or disinterest, that part of His Kingdom work is not accomplished through us. Job 42:2 says that no plan of God’s can be thwarted. Yesterday I learned a new word to add !! to this verse. God’s purpose is inexorable which means it is impossible to stop or prevent.
Moses forfeited what God had called him to do, and Joshua was raised up to take his place. Therefore God’s purpose for bringing the children of Israel into the promised land was fulfilled, but through another vessel.
What are you forfeiting? Note the condition of Deuteronomy 28:1. It says, “…if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.” Did they? No and they went into captivity because of their disobedience.