Today's Devotion - November 26
A Visit from Jethro
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God. Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.
Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians
It is always nice to receive a friendly greeting from your father-in-law. I have received many. Jethro has been supportive and encouraging to Moses. In fact, Moses owed his very own family life to Jethro in many ways. Jethro recognized the power of God in all of this and offered praise to the Lord for all he had done in Egypt.
The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 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?”
Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 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.”
Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 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.
The next day Jethro comes to observe Moses at work. What he sees bothers him greatly. In fact, he says to Moses, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.” Sometimes, experience brings a lot of wisdom. Jethro was trying to help Moses by what he said and he gave Moses some great advice!
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. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 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. 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. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
The advice Jethro gave Moses was solid and helpful. It involved using other people to accomplish God’s will and to make Moses’ workload lighter. It was noted that this was God’s will for all the people, and they would end up being satisfied. Moses listened and followed his father-in-law’s advice.
I wonder, how often do we shut out good advice from others who are trying to help us? Quite often those who have our best interest at heart have a lot of good things to teach us. I hope we will learn to listen!
Dear God – Help us to appreciate godly advice from others. Open our hearts to receive what you want us to hear. Remind us of our need to be still and to listen.
In Jesus name - Amen
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