2017-06-02 - Alone
Originally Published 2006-11-07
Have you ever noticed that when you are really bogged down in some of God's work you may feel the most alone? I think this is the devil's doings. It only takes a little doubt thrown our way and we believe we alone can do God's work and that we alone must do it or it will go undone. So we work harder for a while, but then, burn out comes and we reach a point where we cannot do anymore so we do nothing more. And it's then that the devil's doubts have done their job and trapped us.
Moses thought he was alone. He thought he had to do it all himself or it wouldn't be done but Moses' father-in-law gave him some good advice. "Get help. Teach them to do your work and then get out of their way so they can do it"
Exodus 18:13-24 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? 15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: 16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. 17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. 24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
Are you feeling alone in the work God has called you to do. You are not alone. There are more of God's people waiting for you to seek them out and ask them for help. Others want to serve God if you'll only let them. Let them help.
Jesus could have done it alone but he sought 12 men to help him. The apostles could have done it alone but they sought the help of deacons. You might could do it alone too but do not believe for another minute that you have to or that you should.
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted