So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said. Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. They judged the people at all times; the difficult dispute they would bring to Moses, but every minor dispute they themselves would judge. Then Moses bade his father-in-law farewell, and he went his way into his own land.
Insights: Today’s verses tell us that Moses took the advice of his father-in-law Jethro. Scholars have debated over the years as to whether God allowed Moses to make this adjustment or whether God ordained for Moses to implement these changes. I believe verse nineteen and twenty-three destroy such a silly argument. In these verses Jethro stated the following phrases, “…and God be with you….” and “…God so commands you….” From what we know about Moses, we know that he would not have implemented anything without first having approval from the Lord God. It is implied through these two verses that Jethro also told Moses to get confirmation from the Lord. Once Moses had received it, he did the only appropriate thing: he obeyed the command of God. When we have heard from the Lord in regards to the area of adjustment we need to make, we must respond like Moses and obey. Warren Wiersbe wrote, “In this rapidly changing world, Christian ministries must be flexible if they are to solve their problems and seize their opportunities. The emphasis in the Bible isn’t on organization as such but on the kind of organization that involves qualified people who get the job done. Self-defeating organizations embalm their structure and refuse to change. The ministries that God blesses are open to change, so long as the principles of God’s Word are obeyed.” Beloved, the world is indeed changing and we need to change with it in order to reach the lost world. Hear me clearly; however, I am in no way suggesting that our message change. Salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, period! The methodology, however, needs to be adjusted. We need to again follow Moses’ example and go to the Father and ask Him what we ought to do. After He has spoken to us, then we need to obediently respond with, “Yes, Lord, Yes!” May our adjustments bring glory to the Lord God.
- Is there anything holding you back from implementing the necessary adjustments in your life?
- Are you willing to be flexible, without compromise on the gospel, to reach the lost world?
Prayer: Father, You have a perfect plan and I desire for Your will to be done here on earth as it is done in heaven. May any obstacle in my life that might prevent me from serving You be demolished and let me implement the necessary adjustments You have called me to take. Amen.