Gracious Father, may Your Spirit of faithfulness live in me so that I can move through each day in peace and trust.
Read Exodus 18:1-27
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“I would rather have seven people do the work than do the work of seven people” (D.L. Moody, 1837-1899). We need to share the load with others, so that we do not wear ourselves out!
How do you balance your responsibility to family and to work? Multi-tasking is less easy than some imagine, so we often cope by compartmentalizing our lives. The danger is that we become a different person at work, home and church. Moses may well have sent his wife and family home to protect them from the dangers of Egypt, but it also set him free to concentrate on the demanding task ahead. The problem is that distance can often weaken our ties. Many who have to work away from home have been exposed to temptations that otherwise they might not have faced. The formality of this meeting indicates that there may have been some “repair work” to undertake.
Jethro works to reunite the family and encourages Moses by recognizing the Lord’s hand in his work. By this support he makes it easier, later, to offer a suggestion to help Moses cope with his leadership responsibilities. We are always more inclined to listen and act when those who give us advice have our best interests at heart. Moses was being worn down by his responsibilities and was in danger of believing he was indispensable.
Jethro’s advice is to establish priorities and to delegate. Moses’ primary task is to listen to God and to stand between God and the people. However, while major matters still ought to come to him, a filtering process will enable specially selected judges to deal with lesser matters. These judges must have both ability and integrity. They would have the opportunity to judge over increasing caseloads, depending on ability and experience. The plan made sense and in no way diminished Moses. The gift of administration (1 Cor. 12:28) is not one of the more-admired gifts but it can often bring a real blessing to many.
How does Jethro’s advice apply to your current situation? If you have any leadership role, identify individuals to whom you should prayerfully delegate some responsibilities.
Lord, sometimes I have an issue with control. Give me wisdom to observe the gifting You have given others and the ability to relinquish tasks to them.