Exodus 18: You Don’t Need To Go It Alone
It seems as if Moses had a pretty good relationship with his father in law. In Exodus chapter 18, we find that two of them talking about some of the problems that Moses was having as the leader of Israel.
Exo 18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
Exo 18:14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
Exo 18:15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
Exo 18:16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
Exo 18:17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
Exo 18:18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
At first glance, this seems like an excellent system. Moses would help the people understand whether or not what they were doing was the right thing to do. After all, he had a very good relationship with God, and he had a great deal of wisdom.
However, his father in law told him that it wasn’t good for him to take so many burdens upon himself.
This is the advice that God gives to us as well. He knows that we all tend to try to take on much more than we can handle, and He knows that we all get burned out when we try to go it alone.
That is precisely why He offers to help us out whenever we have a difficult time.
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I know that this is a little bit short for today, but it is definitely an important concept that I know I need to remember more. I don’t need to handle everything by myself. God is always right there.