If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 18, Luke 21, Job 36, 2 Corinthians 6. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Exodus 18.
After God delivered Israel from Egypt through Moses, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, arrived to deliver Moses’ family back to him. After hearing how God had delivered his people, Jethro turned in faith to believe in the one true God himself (vv. 11-12). Then he observed how Moses spent his time as Israel’s leader. Verses 13-16 describes how people with problems would come to Moses and wait for Moses to tell them what God wanted them to do. Although he was a new believer, Jethro had some important common grace insight to share with Moses. With great humility, acknowledging that God might have a different plan (v. 23a), Jethro advised Moses to focus on knowing God and teaching God’s word to Israel instead of deciding all these individual cases (vv. 19-20). Instead, Moses should carefully select some godly men and create a hierarchy of judges to help the people discern and obey God’s will (vv. 21-22). While Moses would still hear the most difficult problems, the burden of leadership would be shared by others (v. 22) and people would get better service, too (v. 23).
With humility himself, Moses listened to the advice of his father-in-law and learned a lesson about leadership (vv. 24-25). A great leader does not do all the work himself; he leads, trains, and deploys leaders under him to extend his leadership to others. This not only results in better outcomes for everyone, it develops better men, better leaders and, ultimately, a stronger nation.
This is a lesson that I have been learning as a pastor and one that I need to develop more fully in our church. It’s also one that we need to use as parents. It’s a lot easier and faster to just do everything for our kids and tell them what to do. But it is better for them if we teach them how to do things for themselves and demonstrate to them how to reason wisely, from Scripture, when making good decisions for themselves. If you are a leader, how can you “Jethro” your responsibilities, your organization, or your family? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.