Don't Try to Go It Alone


Is the task you’ve been given to do more than you can handle? Why not seek God, get some godly counsel, and see how He provides!

I’m finally on the home stretch. In just a few weeks I’ll be done writing my fruit of the Spirit Bible study. It’s been a long journey, and although there’s still a lot to do, I know the project will be completed.

Instead of trying to handle everything myself, I’ve created a wonderful team of Insiders to help me with a few things: proof-reading, editing, promoting. If I had to tackle each of these things myself, I could easily become discouraged.

Some of the people on the team are writers, others are editors. A couple of the volunteers are marketing gurus. What a great group. Each person on the team will play an important role in the launch of the Bible study.

A common problem

I’m reminded of the words penned by King Solomon:

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

Remember one of the problems Moses faced after he led the children of Israel out of Egypt? His workload was almost unbearable. The story went something like this:

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, heard how God had delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh, and went to meet Moses in the wilderness at Mount Sinai. He was amazed by all God had done and offered a burnt offering and sacrifices to the Lord.

 A great observation

The next day Jethro probably wanted to spend some time with his son-in-law, but Moses wasn’t available. He was listening to the people’s disputes and giving them godly counsel. Nothing wrong with that, but Jethro had some questions for Moses:

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? Exodus 18:14

Moses was doing a good job. But the job was more than he could handle by himself. Jethro shared words of wisdom: Moses should identify men that feared God, who wouldn’t fall for bribes, and place them as rulers over groups of the Israelites. These rulers would deal with the small issues, while Moses dealt with the bigger issues.

What great advice! Moses listened to his father-in-law and sought out others who were qualified to help. God used these men to help bear a burden Moses was unable to carry alone.

Your turn

Is the task you’ve been given to do, more than you can handle? Why not seek God, get some godly counsel, and see how God provides!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me that it’s okay to ask for help. Godly counsel is a part of Your plan. Help me find others willing to offer expertise when I need it, and allow me to be of help to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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