How have you been? Doing well by His grace I hope.:)
It’s been a while I published any new posts about my personal Bible study journey. To be truthful, the consistency has been infrequent plus I prefer to complete my entire Bible study project with relevant lessons and messages that I would remember for a long time rather than read the entire Bible and yet not have any single meaning to the project. The good news is that we have about 6 chapter left to complete the book of Exodus..Yayyyy!!!
For first time readers reading a post on my Bible study journey series, you can check out the last post before this: Exodus mysteries which details lessons from Joseph and his brothers.
This morning, Papa Jethro, Oga Moses’ father-in-law is the inspiration behind this post. He advised Moses to delegate if God so commands to manage his stress and increase the satisfaction level of those who come to him to seek counsel. This insight was gained from Exodus Chapter 18, the chapter that talks about Jethro’s visit to Moses. If you are an advocate to getting all work done yourself maybe this post backed with Biblical support might give you a change of mind…….or maybe not
Exodus 18:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
Reading the above verses, what would have been your response to Jethro if you were Moses? Probably it would be, ” This man paaaa, I know what I am doing, God ordained me! Bra Moses! to be the one to bring salvation to the Israelites and not you. He would have chosen someone else if I wasn’t fit for this. So I beg chok for your lane.” If I had my father-in-law visiting and seeing the good work I was doing, my expectation would be praises and not criticisms.
I picked something interesting here, that God can have a plan for your life but there are people on this earth whether through good or bad experiences who help to fulfill that God ordained plan for our lives. The fact that you speak in tongues or you are the Head Pastor doesn’t mean you don’t listen to other people. At this point, let’s pray to God for the spirit of discernment. It is not every advice that is well for the soul.
So how did Moses actually handle this?……….
Exodus 18:15-19 New International Version (NIV)
15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”
17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.
Moses’ response came from a good place. He was just a humble servant doing the work of God and helping out the Israelites. Stressing yourself out in the name of doing good is not always right because psychologically it will be draining on you and with time your work output also suffers. As previously mentioned, this doesn’t mean that you listen to every single advice, you have to pray for discernment. Notice that Jethro’s response in verse 19 whilst profering his advice is also asking for God’s blessings at the same time.
So what was Jethro’s solution?……..
Exodus 18:20-22 New International Version (NIV)
20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.
Jethro’s response has perfectly summarised how to delegate effectively! At work, we sometimes give work out to people regardless of their capabilities and with no training. And yet we expect them to perform magic like an experienced person would do. This is evidence from the Bible so if you are delegating and still stressed, assess what you might be doing wrong before you apportion blameless blame to anyone.
The last bit of verse 22, although focused on the benefit of delegating tasks draws to mind the lessening of our load of worry and anxiety by sharing by people we believe in or trust. It actually works! If you find that difficult, you can spill it all out to God but don’t carry your load because the stress of it will eventually catch up with you.
Now to conclude, what did Moses finally do?…….
Exodus 18:23-24 New International Version (NIV)
23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
Moses listened and did as his father-in-law advised and all was well. If God was against this we would have read of chaos in other chapters of the Bible.
I wish you the best for this week and I hope this post inspired you positively as eye-opening it was to me.
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Remember our guest post last two weeks? Felix shared his inspirational journey with us: Guest post: “Nobody owes you a favour, not even God!” Just this week he received a message from a lady that his story has inspired her to go back to study law and its been very uplifting. We know know indirectly we are inspiring positivity in others.
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