Do What Moses Did, Delegate

Exodus 18:17-26 (New International Version)

17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 2021 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.

I never took note to this passage but have taken note to it now! I believe a serious hindrance to happiness, closeness to God, peace (if you will), etc… all stem from feelings of being over whelmed and having overall discomfort about yourself. One way to get rid of these negative feelings is to delegate. Now, this particular passage, or it’s context, does not directly mention that Moses had any of the above symptoms, but one can assume based on the facts: if you have people coming to you from the morning to the evening, how are you supposed to find time for yourself, for time alone with God, or just time in general to get things done? You won’t. It can’t be done, not without putting additional stress on yourself.

So, we see here in this passage the concept behind delegation (which can be used by husband’s, wives, pastors, bosses, employees…you get the point, anyone can delegate tasks): select capable people who are passionate about what you are doing and who will not waver. Have these candidates take care of all the lesser tasks that arise through the course of any given day, coming to you (Moses) only for tasks, or advise, that are of greater concern.

With this system in place you now have freed up ample time and mental energy for the tasks that you need to do. Everyone is happy in this system if they are in the right place: the ones delegated to have a sense of ownership, the parties being assisted have someone who can virtually give them all day, and you (Moses) can keep moving, stopping only for issues that one of your delgatees cannot handle. If you do this and do it well you will notice a clearer mind that will not be bogged down by all the little things, you will be happier because things are getting done, they aren’t just sitting in your inbox waiting for your attention. They have been properly delegated.

The Perfect Place To Wait

parkbench.jpgPsalm 27:14 (New International Version)

14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Again, God does not cease to encourage me!

Right now my wife and I are at a cross road in our young lives (as mentioned before) and we could be very, very, very worried and stressed out about the situation. But, by the grace of God we are not. We are both trusting in the Lord and are waiting on Him. Waiting with eager anticipation of how He is going to work this all out. We know He will and we know it is all in His timing, not ours.

Wait on the Lord, trust in Him, go according to HIS plan and you will not be sorry, “He shall strengthen your heart!”

Stop Turning in Circles, Turn To God.

Psalm 18:28-29 (New International Version)

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop [a] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.

What more is there say?

We need God.

Without Him we can do nothing, with Him we can do anything. You want happiness? Turn to God. You want to be successful? Turn to God. Deeper faith? Better relationships? Better grades? Turn To God.

We need Him.

This is something that we should not, and cannot, deny. In every area of our lives we need to let God in, give it up to Him and let Him work through us. I can’t stop from thinking, “If King David knew that he needed God, then why shouldn’t I?” I haven’t decided yet if this is a good way to look at it, but I’m being honest, it helps to put it into perspective for me. I can tell you from experience that if you give God control over something in your life you will notice a big difference! I can remember not feeling as stressed about certain things. It gave me a feeling of peace that God was in control and He was going to work though me. No longer was it me trying to work though me (that thought alone makes my head spin), but it was God working though me.

God’s own Heart + My heart seeking after God’s + Me giving up control of my life = God working through me

-Instead of-

My heart + my thoughts + my control = (absence of God) chaos

Give it a shot. Give God control of your life and seek after Him! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Meet Him in His word Daily, pray daily, and make it a habit to turn to God for everything!