Moses is perhaps the greatest leader history has ever seen (other than Jesus of course). I mean, the guy led a revolution that liberated an entire nation from slavery; He remained steadfast against the most powerful man on planet earth and he rallied hundreds of thousands of people together to pursue a cause that could have gotten them all killed.
But even Moses with his audacious vision and spectacular achievements had a breaking point and we read about it in chapter 18.
As we pick up the story, we see Moses’ role change from freedom-fighter to pastor. His calling shifts from rescuing the people of Israel to shepherding them through everyday life.
As he transitions into his new identity he finds himself fatigued and overwhelmed. In fact, Moses was so burdened and worn out that other people around him begin to notice. His father-in-law Jethro was one of those people. As Jethro examined the countenance of Moses, he saw the unrest of his soul and lovingly confronted him about it.
Jethro says to Moses “what you are doing is not good”…”you are not able to do it alone”
Their conversation was simple yet profound and in that moment everything changed for Moses.
This short conversation was the catalyst that set Moses on the journey of surrounding himself with people who would support him, encourage him, and carry the burden of life with him. This moment was the wakeup call Moses needed to realize that he couldn’t do life on his own. He finally understood that if he were to continuing living his life on his own he would soon fall under the weight of the world.
Moses, as amazing as he was, did not have the capacity to live and lead alone. He needed friends, family and community to truly experience all that God had for him.
For followers of Jesus today Jethro’s words still ring true, “you are not able to do this alone”.
God created us to live and thrive in community. He designed us to lean on and depend on the church. When we take life into our own hands and exclude those who God has placed in our lives to walk with us and support us through the good times and also the bad, we set ourselves up for failure.
Life is hard. Difficulties are just around the corner. We can either try to struggle through life alone or we can recognize, like Moses did, that life is so much better with a crew of people that love and support us.
Moses began to surround himself with good people who genuinely loved and cared for him. Who do you have in your life right now that you can trust and depend on no matter what your season of life looks like?
For God’s plan in Moses life to be fulfilled, Moses needed to allow Jethro to speak into his life even though it was hard. Who might you need to give permission to speak into your life so that you become more like Jesus?
Moses had to begin looking and asking people to help him. Who do you have in your life who you need to be more intentional with about building a deeper and more meaningful relationship?
Sometimes we are Moses and sometimes we are the people who surrounded Moses. Who do you have in your life who needs you to be there for them right now? How can you begin to surround them to be a support and encouragement?