Advice | Devotion 6: Leadership
One thing I have learned, and am thankful for is that I cannot do everything myself. I have always struggled with letting others do things; I struggle with knowing it will be done right. I have been blessed with wise counsel over the years, and have begun to learn the value of investing in others.
As we work through the life of Moses, you will see these same lessons learned by Moses as well. Moses was taught by his father-in-law, Jethro to do this very thing.
Exodus 18: 24-27 records, “So Moses listened to the voice of 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, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went away to his own country.”
If you read the entire chapter of Exodus chapter 18, you will find Moses tasked with leadership over a group of people, and Moses was sought out to help interpret the Scriptures when people had trouble with one another to give advice on how to handle their problems. It says Moses sat “morning till evening” (Exodus 18:13). It was too much for him to do himself, and he was spending all of his time on this one task.
He listened to his father-in-law, who was giving him wise counsel and godly advice and found other leaders to manage smaller groups of people. As David Guzik writes, “This was good for the leaders Moses chose. Capable men were given real responsibility and had the opportunity to serve God’s people in meaningful ways and further God’s work.”
We read in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
“It is better to set a hundred men to work
than to do the work of a hundred men.”