Moses Wisely Listened to Advice (Exodus 18)

In Exodus 18 Moses and the Israelites were wandering in the desert. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, came to visit him, and he observed Moses busy all day serving as a judge in the disputes between Israelites. Jethro quickly realized that Moses was going to burn himself out if he kept up this practice. 

Jethro knew Moses was a man of God, feared God, and heard from God. He knew Moses was a great leader and God’s chosen leader for the Israelites. He also knew the Moses was human and would run out of energy if he continued as the only judge. He urged Moses to train up capable men to serve as judges in simple disputes and have only the most complex matters come to Moses. He counseled Moses to train up other leaders and multiple his effectiveness through other men of character and wisdom.

Moses’ response is recorded in Exodus 18:24, “Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.”

A few days ago this blog highlighted how wise people listen to advice. Moses modeled this for us. There was a problem that he may or may not have seen. His wise and caring father-in-law offered sound advice, Moses took it to heart, and Moses changed his ways.

Let us listen carefully to the godly, wise, and loving people in our lives. When we face challenges, let us seek them out. When we are blinded to our challenges, let us be open to their advice and take it to heart. Let us follow Moses’ example.

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