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- First off, Moses honored Jethro. The mature patriarch was esteemed by his son-in-law, who knew that he had a proven track record of being successful with both his family and his own personal business affairs. Moses held Jethro in high enough regard that he found it to be worthwhile to listen to him. His concern for Moses and for the well-being of all of the people mattered.
- Second, Moses accepted his own personal limitations. The God-appointed leader of the children of Israel had seen first-hand that Yahweh was able to do all that he was not. From the start, Moses had confessed to God his incapabilities. He was “slow of speech” and lacking eloquence. (See Exodus 4:10) Yet, the LORD was able to do amazing things through Moses’ willing obedience. This stayed with Moses, so he knew when he was in over his head. When Jethro called to his attention the mistake he was making in his leadership, wearing himself and his people thin, acceptance, not pride, laid the groundwork for positive change.
- Third, Moses learned the value of reorganization. He earnestly absorbed the wisdom imparted by Jethro. Because of his willingness to humble himself, Moses could discover the fruitfulness of (A) sharing what he had learned from God with others around him; (B) delegating responsibility to those whom he had taught; (C) trusting that smaller matters could be handled by the capable men he had chosen; (D) concerning himself only with the larger issues that were too complex for others to solve.
When I had 4 knee surgeries in 2-years-time, there was no way I was in a good position to be at the helm with every mom duty. It required swallowing my pride and allow others to help. In fact, at that time God really drove home the point that when we don't allow others to help us, we rob THEM of a blessing. I took proper care of myself and because I did, I was able to work hard at therapy and heal in half the time I was told it would take to recover from my final surgery, a knee replacement.
PRAY: Lord, write on my heart the wisdom Moses accepted from Jethro. Fashion in me a teachable spirit. Help me to be gentle with myself in my own times of challenged health. Grant me a humble demeanor that delights in Your work beyond human limitations.
* SNAPPIN' RECOMMENDS REST MINISTRIES FOR ENCOURAGEMENT IN YOUR OWN BATTLES WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS.
~ Barb Dittrich