Chapter-a-Day Exodus 18

Moses' father-in-law said, "This is no way to go about it. You'll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can't do this alone. Exodus 18:17 (MSG)

Moses was a great leader, but he was given to human faults and issues like all of us. It sometimes seems easier to just do something myself than to take the time to teach others to do it and risk the problems which will likely arise. But, like Moses, I can only do that for so long before I burn out – then everyone loses.

Self-sufficiency and rugged individualism are admirable traits in the right circumstances, but our greatest strengths easily become tragic weaknesses. As tasks grow, we need to trust and rely on the strengths of others.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 18”

  1. 24-27 Moses listened to the counsel of his father-in-law and did everything he said.
    I’ve been getting a lot of great encouragement and advice since I was downsized from UCB last week. I pay extra attention to those seasoned people in my life who have great wisdom to share. I especially took note of how our fathers reacted to the news of my loss. They didn’t flinch a bit. You know why? Because they know who holds the future. They have been through so much in this life, and delivered, that they keep a very even keel when news like this hits. I realized it is equally important for me to model that to my wife and kids. God is in control. God will provide. It doesn’t have to be any more difficult than that. Like Moses, those whom I look up to who are wiser than I, deserve to have comment on how I should move forward. God provides those people to us to give us strength.

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