2010-12-06 - Unsolicited Advice
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. (Exodus 18:24)
Jethro had heard such wonderful things about what the Lord was doing for Moses, his son-in-law and the people of Israel, he just had to see for himself. Jethro took daughter Zipporah and the grandkids to see Moses. He told Jethro the trials they encountered, and how God delivered them out of all.
The next morning, Jethro could not believe what he was hearing and seeing. All these people were complaining to Moses. Jethro did not hold back his feelings from his son-in-law. He told Moses, he should not waste his time listening to such nonsense talk.
Instead, Moses needed someone to help with the task. He didn't need this unnecessary burden.
While Moses did not ask for advice, Jethro gave his opinion unashamedly. Jethro felt Moses needed to appoint some honest and trustworthy judges to counsel the people. The judges would review issues on a minor scale, and anything complex and important would be brought to Moses' attention.
Was Jethro overstepping his bounds? Moses did not seem to think so. It is not always easy to take unsolicited advice, even the most heartfelt. Moses could have dismissed Jethro's wisdom. Instead, this son-in-law listened and took the older man's advice. As a result of delegating responsibility to others, burdens were lifted off Moses' shoulders, freeing him to be a better leader and servant for the Lord.
Lord, Thank You for the insight of others. Help me to weed out the bad judgment from good wisdom. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.