Good morning y’all. Today we looking at Exodus 18.
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“Jethro was delighted when he heard about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel as He rescued them from the hand of the Egyptians. “Praise the Lord ,” Jethro said, “for He has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, He has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt! I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because He rescued His people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.” Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron and all the elders of Israel came out and joined him in a sacrificial meal in God’s presence”.(Exodus 18:9-12 NLT)
Their testimony caused Jethro to praise God and offer sacrifices to Him. We know Jethro was a priest but not sure if he was a priest of the living God or some foreign god, but after Moses’ testimony of all that the Lord had done for them, Jethro declares God as the greatest God.
We too should be quick to testify of God’s goodness in our lives. Our testimony might be what will lead others to the presence of God.
Revelations 12:11 says: “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die”.(NLT)
Psalmist in Psalms 71:15-16 says: “I will tell everyone about Your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim Your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise Your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that You alone are just”.(NLT)
1) We need to be open to advice. We shouldn’t resist or ignore advice from others. If Moses had rejected his father in laws advice he probably would have burnt out from the workload he had.
Proverbs 11:14 says: “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers“.(NLT)
Proverbs 15:22 says: “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success”.(NLT)
2) As leaders we cannot carry the burden alone. We need to learn to delegate to competent people who can help lighten the load. In Moses’ case, he was struggling to cope with the load. He didn’t realise that he could delegate some of the work to others in the camp.
3) Busyness doesn’t mean fruitfulness. If we are not careful we can easily burn out trying to do everything. We need to learn to delegate and prioritise our responsibilities.
A statement that struck me in verse 23.
“If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”(Exodus 18:23 NLT)
Jethro gives his advice but he clearly states to Moses “…if God commands you to do so…”. That is, ‘this is my advice, but above all, do what God has asked you to do’. We should always take God’s word above others. If we have received advice and it doesn’t tally with Gods will for us, we shouldn’t say that because the advice came from someone we hold in high esteem we will obey even though we know it’s not what God wants.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We ask for boldness to testify about all that you have done for us. Give us wisdom to know when to delegate and help us get our priorities right. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.
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