There are times when God brings someone into our life at the right moment to speak wisdom. Such was the case in Exodus 18 where Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, meets him in the wilderness after he “heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people (18:1, NASB).” Jethro observes how Moses was acting as judge over all the people and observes, “The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone (17-18).”
Jethro made an astute observation and gave Moses some wise advice. He advised him to teach the Israelites “the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do (20).” Then he suggested he appoint people he could trust to act as “leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens (21);” leaders who could act as judges over minor disputes.
So often we get caught up in doing things, in managing our hectic life, that we don’t seek perspective from others. People God places in our life can see the things we do not and offer us advice. Prayerfully seek God to provide these people in your life, people that can offer wise counsel when it’s needed. Equally important is that you do what Moses did when you receive this counsel: “So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said (24).”