MOSES’ FATHER-IN-LAW’S VISIT
Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-law came to visit Moses at the mountain of God where they camped. He brought Zipporah (Moses’s wife) and their two sons with him. So Moses welcomed him and related all the works of God in their lives and how God brought them out of Egypt with an outstretched Hand. Jethro rejoiced with them and said :Now I know that your God is above all other gods. The next day, the scripture says that Moses sat down while those who have cases came to see him and they lined up from morning to evening, Jethro observed this situation and it was not pleasing unto him. So he offered Moses an advice. Let’s read from the scriptures. “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. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.” (Exodus 18: 17-23).
Moses heeded his advice and selected men to be in charge as Jethro advised. No doubt this is Wisdom of God and it proves that God’s great gifts are distributed to all and sundry. Moses was empowered to perform miracles in Egypt and in the wilderness but did not have wisdom to administer the people of Israel as Jethro directed. God can use anybody to fulfill His purpose on Earth. Just as God had been directing the affairs of the nation of Israel up to that point, He could have also told him what to do in that regard, but if He was silent concerning this, the assignment was meant for Jethro to deliver. That is why we have to be sensitive to the way God moves in the affairs of men. It is not all the time you will hear the voice of God audibly in order to do anything. God uses people too for His glory. As long as the counsel you hear does not contradict the word of God, one needs to check it with the Lord and run with it. Since Moses did exactly what Jethro advised, I can imagine the relief that all people including Moses would enjoy from then on. The ways of God are past finding out. When Solomon asked for wisdom, God was well pleased with him, and He poured so much wisdom unto him that are unparalleled to any other wisdom today. Proverbs says “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and in thy getting, get understanding” As we have seen wisdom being displayed through the advice of Jethro, we can conclude that wisdom can help one navigate the journey of this earth with much less stress, and all the burden we carry will become a thing of the past. Let us seek the wisdom of God daily, and I would suggest that we read the book of proverbs before we go to bed or early in the morning as time permits. May the Lord pour His wisdom unto us and guide us till we all fulfill our destinies in Jesus name, Amen. Remain blessed.