Accept God's Counsel
Moses was tired. He was trying to do it all - be the leader of Israel along with countless other duties. One of his responsibilities was to be the nation's judge over personal disputes.
When Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, caught up with him at Mount Sinai, he could not believe what he was seeing. To say that Moses's time was spread thin is a gross understatement. In fact, he was one step away from mental and emotional burnout. We read that Jethro wasted no time in talking to Moses about this:
When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?" Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and laws" (Exodus 18:14-16).
Jethro quickly discerned the truth — Moses had taken on more than God intended. Therefore, he encouraged Moses to appoint judges to handle lesser disputes. He also admonished Moses to "teach [the people God's] decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform" (Exodus 18:20). In other words, Moses needed to teach the people what God desired and how to take responsibility for their own actions before the Lord.
Are you willing to accept godly counsel? The moment Moses heard Jethro's words, he knew his father-in-law was right, and he was not too proud to accept his advice. Always be sure that what you hear from others is in line with the Word of God. Listen, pray, and ask God to confirm what has been suggested. The Lord will guide you when you seek His wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, humble me to seek the godly counsel of others, and show me who those people might be. Grow me into a strong disciple as I submit to the wisdom of others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said" (Exodus 18:24).
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