Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.”
EXODUS 18:17-19 NIV
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, was a priest, and they had a great relationship and Moses honored him. (vs. 7). Moses told his father-in- law everything, and Jethro was delighted to hear about the good things the Lord had done. (vs. 8-9) Jethro saw all that Moses was doing for the people. (vs. 14) Jethro gave wise advice to Moses, and even though Moses was doing good, he was on the path to being stressed out and burnt out. Jethro’s advice to Moses was to be an example to God’s people; to teach them and show them the way to live. And, if Moses were to be obedient, the people would go home in peace.
God doesn’t want us to handle it alone. He knows the work, even when it’s His work, is too heavy for us. He has surrounded us with family in the natural and in the church who can listen to us, worship God with us, and give us wise advice when needed. It’s so easy to get stressed out before sharing the load. As we have been taught how to be obedient to Christ, we can teach others. As we have been shown how to live, we can live in such a way for others to see Christ in us. God has given us a plan for peace in our lives. We can let go of doing it all on our own when we slow down to listen, and in exchange, we can have peace in our lives.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much. You are an amazing God, and know our every need. Open our ears to hear what you are speaking to us through your Word and the people you have placed in our lives. Forgive us for going on our own, and help us to be an example of your love. Give us wisdom, and let today be a day that brings glory to your name.
Melanie Cady, Nursery Team