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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, September 4, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Moses told his father-in-law all that God had done, convincing him that the Lord was greater than any other god. Our relatives are often the hardest people to tell about God. Yet we should look for opportunities to tell them.
Moses was spending so much time and energy hearing the Hebrews’ complaints that he could not get to other important work. Jethro suggested that Moses delegate most of this work to others and focus his efforts on jobs only he could do. People in positions of responsibility sometimes feel they are the only ones who can do necessary tasks; but others are capable of handling part of the load. Delegation relieved Moses’ stress and improved the quality of the government. It helped prepare them for the system of government set up in Canaan. Proper delegation can multiply your effectiveness while giving others a chance to grow. (NLT)
Exodus 18:7-23 – So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed to him respectfully and greeted him warmly. They asked about each other’s health and then went to Moses’ tent to talk further. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to rescue Israel from Pharaoh and the Egyptians. He also told him about the problems they had faced along the way and how the Lord had delivered his people from all their troubles. Jethro was delighted when he heard about all that the Lord had done for Israel as he brought them out of Egypt.
“Praise be to the Lord,” Jethro said, “for he has saved you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. He has rescued Israel from the power of Egypt! I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because his people have escaped from the proud and cruel Egyptians.”
Then Jethro presented a burnt offering and gave sacrifices to God. As Jethro was doing this, Aaron and the leaders of Israel came out to meet him. They all joined him in a sacrificial meal in God’s presence.
The next day, Moses sat as usual to hear the people’s complaints against each other. They were lined up in front of him from morning till evening.
When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “Why are you trying to do all this alone? The people have been standing here all day to get your help.”
Moses replied, “Well, the people come to me to seek God’s guidance. When an argument arises, I am the one who settles the case. I inform the people of God’s decisions and teach them his laws and instructions.”
“This is not good!” his father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out–and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing him their questions to be decided. You should tell them God’s decisions, teach them God’s laws and instructions, and show them how to conduct their lives. But find some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as judges over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. These men can serve the people, resolving all the ordinary cases. Anything that is too important or too complicated can be brought to you. But they can take care of the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. If you follow this advice, and if God directs you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”
Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” — 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Peter Hyer McNabb (Texas) titled his story “GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT;” here is a portion of Peter’s story:
“. . . The next day, it occurred to me that Darrell has been a father to me for 30 years. When I need help or advice, I turn to him. Like Jethro, who influenced his son-in-law, Moses, Darrell has influenced me through his caring encouragement and gentle guidance. He is an example of God’s grace in my life, and I am learning that God’s grace is more than sufficient for me.
“God sends people into our lives to bless us and to strengthen us. When we listen for God’s voice speaking through them, we can grow into the children of God we were meant to be.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whom is God sending into my life to bless me?
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