Exodus 18:1-27, “19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you…”
Moses led about 5 million Israelites from Egypt. He had been a good leader, God chose to utilize him at a specific time with specific instructions and then there was going to come a time he would share some of the responsibilities with other men he would raise. It is easy to feel that if you did it then, you can do it again and that was the case with Moses.
vs. “13, And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. 14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”. Are you glad the Lord brought some people in your life to give you wise counsel? It was hard to take it because you might have thought they were against your progress only to discover later that they cared for your welfare. They were reminding you to set your priorities right, to slow down. In Moses case, it was necessary for his father in-law to be there. The Lord always spoke to Moses directly, here we see God use his father in-law, someone close to communicate wisdom. His father in-law was concerned for his well-being and his family so he stepped in. He cared for the people and that is why he was doing it. vs. 15 “And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16, When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.” It was like saying, “I have been given this ability and responsibility to this ministry and as long as people need me, I will be there for them”. You cannot solve everyone’s problems even if you want to Or can. Jesus had the ability do the ministry alone yet He chose to raise His Disciples and shared some responsibilities with them. The early church in the book of Acts had the same kind of set up, read Acts 6.
Vs.17, “So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18, Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by”. Ministry though fun can be tough too, ministers get burnt out, they do have a lot in their plates. We as ministers need people to encourage us too, people to affirm, pray for us, people to give us wise counsel. It is easy to conclude that ministers always have it together and so what you say or do may not impact their lives. Ministers also do get weary because of those who cannot get their acts together. They feed the flock, invest, counsel, visit etc. but like a little child being fed, at times when you think the food in the child’s mouth will be swallowed, the child sprays the whole food from his mouth on the face of the one who is feeding him. We have believers who do the same, you feed them with encouragements and words of affirmation and when you think they have received it, they spray back on your face. Then you start all over again, this wears ministers out. It is one thing to give, it is another thing to receive and put what you have received to work. I can now understand why Jethro felt what Moses was doing was not good for him, it was way too much and the people would keep coming to him.
Questions to ponder on, how often do you take time to minister to a minister? Is it always about what they can do for you? Do you pray for them? Do you keep and practice what they share with you or do you spray them back on their face? Do you get offended when they are not in a position to be there for you? Let us be a blessing to those God put in our paths. Blessings Ev, God’s servant