We all want to experience success and satisfaction in life. True success is more than monetary gain. Success is understanding and fulfilling your purpose in life. Within every persons purpose there is a series of assignments. When God gives an individual an assignment he also empowers you with the necessary means to fulfill it. This is your rod of authority. When a person identifies his rod of authority he will discover the strengths that will take him from a place of frustration to a place of fulfillment.
( Exo. 4:2) And the Lord said unto him, what is that in thine hand? And he said a rod.
Moses had just had a divine encounter with God by which God reveals His purpose for the Hebrews. God said that He had heard the cry of the people and seen their frustration. And that He was going to deliver them. Moses is now the person that God has chosen to be the leader of this great deliverance. God then commands Moses to go to the people and tell them what God had just spoken.
Moses response is that he did not feel that they would believe him. So God now answers and says to Moses 'what is in your hand'? by which Moses responds ' a rod' and He tells Moses to cast it on the ground and as he does, the rod became a serpent, and Moses fled from before it. The Lord then tells him to pick it up by the tail and he put forth his hand and it became a rod.
Here we see Moses in a place of uncertainty displaying lack of confidence to fulfill the assignment.
God often comes to us, and when he does, He approaches us to be a solution to a problem that someone else or a generation of people has. However, we often lack confidence, assurance, and we feel inadequate to fulfill the assignment.
In this text God was personally showing Moses, before He went to the people, before he went to Pharaoh, before he ever encountered any of the obstacles that he would encounter during the process of bringing deliverance to the Hebrews that His presence is with him. The rod then became a sign of God's manifest authority for Moses.
The rod was a stick, a branch that he had used for years while tending the sheep on the backside of the desert for support while walking and also fighting off predators to the sheep.
This rod was used in his daily life, but what Moses didn't recognized is that God would use a skill, a strength, a talent that he had acquired and utilize it for a supernatural assignment.
Exo. 4: 17 God says "You shall take this rod in thine hand, wherwith you shall do signs"
When you discover your unique strengths that God has placed in you. That will become a source of empowerment that will unlock the door of destiny in your life.
Take inventory of your strengths. What comes natural? What are you good at, what do you enjoy doing that seem effortless. What do others compliment you on that you may take for granted? When you discover that, you will discover your unique rod of authority.
This is the key- the rod is a branch, an extension of the trunk. So the rod is an extension of God himself, and extensions of Christ. It is an extension of Christ's authority. The rod of authority is only activated in your life as you extend it, it must be released. It is of no value to you until you raise it, extend it, release it. And when you release it, it takes something that is common- natural and turns it into a supernatural element in fulfilling your assignment.