You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you.
Exodus 18: 18-19a (NLT)
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had heard all about what God had done for Moses and the Israelites. Stirred by the great news, Jethro traveled with his daughter and his two grandsons to go see Moses in the wilderness.
When he saw how Moses spent his days settling disputes among the people, he asked Moses two clarifying questions.
· What are you really accomplishing?
· Why are you trying to do all of it alone?
Sometimes, it takes someone on the outside looking in to spot the real problem. Moses spent his time hearing the disputes of the people, while the people stood around waiting for their turn to be heard. The system just wasn’t working.
Instead, Jethro offered Moses some good advice.
Split up the work!
There have been times in my own life that a simple observation from a trusted friend has redirected my “It’s all up to me” mentality. Or their wise words have opened my eyes to new ways of doing the job.
God never gives us more than we can handle. But when we do take on a task that is big, He will provide the needed help.
Thank goodness for Jethro’s insight and good advice.
If you are carrying a heavy burden, be sure to seek the advice of someone you trust. God may have a solution to lighten your load.
Thank that You are always faithful to give us just what we need when we need it. Help us to always seek You first and to have listening ears when someone offers us good advice.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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