Read Exodus 18

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness at the mountain of God. Jethro observes that Moses is acting as the judge for all Israel’s people and warns Moses that he will wear himself out if he continues to carry this burden by himself. Jethro advises Moses to develop high standing leaders to help perform the role of judge. Moses is taught to handle the great matters and delegate the small matters to his newly appointed judges.

Being judge for all of Israel’s people had to be spiritually, emotionally, and physically draining for Moses. Before Moses delegated his responsibilities to others, one has to wonder what toll Moses paid in terms of his relationship with God and his family. While Moses was busy inquiring of God for other people, did Moses take the time to seek God on his own behalf? Being that this is the first time Moses’ family has been mentioned since the early chapters of Exodus, it appears that Moses has not seen his family since before the plagues in Egypt. Could Moses’ duties have been so overwhelming that he was too busy for his own family?

Think about your own priorities.  Do you need to make some changes to “Put First Things First?”

— John Rauscher