Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
The Big Picture
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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? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: 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. And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. 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. - Exodus 18:14-18

 

I think we've all had moments when our focus was too narrow. We can see the trees but not the forest. There is always a danger in having too narrow of a vision when it comes to our life goals and endeavors. We risk long term effectiveness for short term success. We need to be able to see the "Big Picture". What is God will for our life and how might our life choices impact people around us.

 

Moses was one of the great leaders of Israel. His exploits are still shared from generation to generation. God used Moses to deliver His people from Egyptian bondage and to lead them towards the land of promise. God gave His law to His people through Moses. Miracles were performed at the hand of Moses at God's command. But Moses was not unlike most of us in that he too often suffered from narrow vision.

 

God spoke to Moses through an unexpected personality, his father-in-law, who shared with him that his leadership of the people would injure both him and the people. Moses meant well. He wanted to be a good leader. He wanted to resolve issues among the people. But what he failed to realize was that the people were in fact, God's people.

 

Moses needed to see the "Big Picture". He need faithful and loyal leaders around him for support. God says to Moses through Jethro, that this responsibility is "too heavy" for Moses alone. Perhaps like us, Moses needed to be reminded that his best move as a leader would be to prayerfully select, train, and partner with others to fulfill God purpose for the nation. Thankfully Moses was able to hear God's voice through his father-in -law.

 

What load are you carrying alone? Perhaps you need to see the "Big Picture". Our life is not our own. Our gifts are not meant for personal consumption, but rather to be used in partnership with others. How can our leadership and gifts bless others?  Every area of our life is impacted by our ability to hear from God and how we view the people that come in and out of our life.

 

Lord, give us strength and humility to trust You more than we trust ourselves...Amen


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