Saturday, January 14, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now listen to me, I will give you advice, and may God be with you: You be a representative for the people to God, and you bring their disputes to God. Exodus 18 : 19.
LISTEN: Do you find it difficult to take advice from other people? Do you feel too big to listen to wise counsels from others? Do you think that you have enough information, ideas, insights, revelations, etc, at such you do not have need for another? If you are in these categories, then you have a big problem.
God created us in a way that we could share ideas and be of help to one another. However, that can only be possible when you recognise the grace of God in the lives of others. You cannot benefit from others if you do not recognise God’s grace upon their lives like Moses, the humble servant of God. Jethro, Moses’ father in-law who was also known as Ruel, visited Moses in the wilderness after he left serving him in Midian to lead the Israelites.
He (Jethro), observed Moses’ daily activities and realised that if he was not properly guided, he will end up not fulfilling his divine purpose. Therefore, before his father in-law returned to his place, he sat Moses down and advised him on how to go about his God-given assignment in order to be successful. The bible said, ” And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, What you are doing is not good. Your strength and that of the people will be completely used up: this work is more than you are able to do by yourself. Give ear now to my suggestion, and may God be with you: you are to be the people’s representative before God, taking their causes to him: Teaching them his rules and his laws, guiding them in the way they have to go, and making clear to them the work they have to do.
But for the rest, take from among the people able men, such as have the fear of God, true men hating profits wrongly made; and put such men over them, to be captains of thousands, captains of hundreds and of fifties and of tens; And let them be judges in the causes of the people at all times: and let them put before you all important questions, but in small things let them give decisions themselves: in this way, it will be less hard for you, and they will take the weight off you. If you do this, and God gives approval, then you will be able to go on without weariness, and all this people will go to their tents in peace. So Moses took note of the words of his father-in-law, and did as he had said.” (Exodus 18 : 17 – 24 BBE).
Beloved, can you see? Not minding that he was spiritual and learned, Moses received the advice of his father in-law, which is today a global example of good leadership. Friend, Do not be too big to listen or learn. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never be too big to learn or take wise counsels from others.
2. Do not do everything by yourself, delegate some to others so that you do not wear out yourself.
3. No matter how spiritual, learned, or wise you might be, do not forget that there are things you can still learn from others.
4. Never look down on anyone, because your key to success might be with such person.
Daily Task: Be prepared to learn something new everyday. Analyse what you learnt and make use of what could be useful to you.
Daily Reflection: To be too big to listen, learn and apply what you learned, is also to be too big for success, greatness and breakthrough.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, help me to not feel too big to listen and learn, but to readily learn and listen to wise counsels from others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God baptise you with the spirit of humility to listen, learn, grow and succeed in your pursuits in life, in Jesus’ name.