Moses father-in-law was named Jethro. In Exodus, Jethro found Moses in the wilderness and visited the family. I’m sure it wasn’t hard to find about one million Jewish people camping in the desert! Moses told his father-in-law the great and wonderful stories of God’s miracles performed in Egypt.
Exodus 18: 10-12: And Jethro said, “Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all the gods; for in the very thing in which they behaved proudly, He was above them.” Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and other sacrifices to offer to God.
How many times do we thank our Lord when He delivers us out of the hand of ___?
How many times do we tell others the story of our blessings? After hearing Moses story Jethro gave thanks and sacrifices to God. Jethro was not even involved in the mighty miracles performed in Egypt. After hearing the story, Jethro gave thanks!
Exodus 18: 13-14: And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
Have you noticed how many people talk about how tired they are? They tell us they need a break, they need a vacation or they are so stressed out. We all are engineered to work so where does this over-exertion and worn out feelings come from?
The economy is in shambles with people losing jobs and there is added pressure on the remaining employees. Any-one currently working is probably performing two or three additional duties which have been added to their work schedule. Imagine Moses work schedule!
Exodus 18: 17-20: So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.
We need to listen to the people trying guide our steps and give us practical advice. They help show us the way. We’ll know when the advice is suitable for our situation; when we feel peace about their advice and our decision. Of course, pray first and give thanks! We get counsel from godly people but God is always first in line.
Moses listened to his father-in-law counsel. He knew Jethro’s advice was sound because none of us can do everything. We need help sometimes. It does not benefit us if we wear ourselves out – we just get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
You will find people in your life willing to give sound counsel. They help out of love, respect, kindness and patience for us and then they depart and go on their way.
Mmmm! Maybe the Great Counselor sent them – what do you think?
Exodus 18: 27: Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own land.