This week my reading has led me to be reminded of how much the Lord knows us. He knows what we are going through, what we are capable of and the right person He can bring alongside us.
This morning as I was reading through Exodus 18 I was reminded how important it is to not do life alone.
Up until now Moses has been leading the people on his own. He was the only one who had direct access to God, he was a leader of a large nation as well as their judge. The task was wearing him down. His father-in-law suggests, “Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace'” (verses 17-23).
The one thing I love about this passage is the reminder to support each other. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
I was humbled by all the support my family received while I was going through treatment. I dislike being a burden to anyone but when I got too sick to handle life I had to allow others to help us. Some of us are great at being independent and not thinking we need help. Others of us know we need help but don’t want to be a burden to anyone. The truth of the matter is we all need support and can be a source of support.
I encourage you this week to keep your eyes open for ways of supporting each other. If you are in need of support I also encourage you to allow others to come alongside you. Remember that God has told us to “Bear one another’s burdens.”
“But Moses said to the Lord, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?'” Exodus 4:10-11
I love Moses because I can truly relate to his reluctance to become the spokesperson for his nation. I’ve been drawn to leadership since my 30’s but I’m not very good about being an up front leader. I know some of my gifts are being a servant and encourager. Both, of which, I know are still part of leadership. But put me in front of people and I my tongue gets tied and my palms sweat.
When I felt the strong sense that I needed to start a cancer support group I just about died with fear and anxiety. There was no way the Lord could be asking this of me. In fact, I ignored the promptings because I knew I couldn’t fulfill the role it would require of me. I seriously was like Moses telling the Lord the exact same thing in the above passage.
Months went by with this idea pulling at me until 5 of my friends were diagnosed with cancer. Long story short (because you’ve all read about it if you are Stillness blog reader) I did take up the calling and start the group. It hasn’t been easy and I’m still not a good facilitator but the Lord does provide me support I need with my weaker gifts. Moses, on the other hand, went on to become one amazing godly leader. He helped free his nation from Egyptian rule and led them to the promised land.
I love God’s replay to Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” I wrote next to this verse, “The Lord made and knows us. How can I doubt Him to know what I’m capable of?”
God knew Moses could lead His people because God gave him the ability to do so. Moses grew into his leadership role and learned valuable leadership skills along the way. He wasn’t perfect and did make mistakes. One mistake robbed him of setting foot in the promised land. I pray today if you are feeling called to leadership that you will remember God’s words in verse 11. He made you and knows what you can do for His kingdom. Not only that, He will equip you to do the task He’s call you to do. Look at Moses, since he couldn’t speak very well God made his brother, Aaron, his spokesperson. Moses wasn’t the great leader he became that first day he stood before Pharaoh. God grew him to become a great leader and He can do the same for you and me.
May we be like Isaiah who said, “Here I am! Send me,” when God asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)
Good Morning! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. How are we doing on our weekly reading in Psalms? I hope it has been helpful to you. This Sunday we’ll be reading through Psalm 78.
This is a wonderful song that reminds us of who we are in Christ. It reminds of what He has done, is doing and will do for us. It also is a good reminder of the importance of sharing what we know of Him with others.
“Who Am I” by Casting Crowns
Every month we memorize a verse from the bible. This year we’re going through John 15:1-11.
The key to memorization is the review. Always review all the verses you’ve memorized to keep them fresh in your mind. This is why I only memorize one verse a month. It allows me to learn a new verse but also take the time to review older verses.
I will post the previous verses on the right hand side of the blog along with the current month’s verse.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
I normally don’t talk about current events. It isn’t that I’m not informed I just refuse to discuss my thoughts on certain events on social media. I find that no matter what you say it only sirs things up negatively. Good intentions can even be seen as a jab from the opposite camp. Most posts are filled with misleading information that is only intended to stir the pot further. Today I’m going to go against my conviction not to speak out because of what I read this morning about the tragic event in Florida.
I did come across something on Facebook that made me pause and ponder over. I can’t tell where this came from other than from what the Facebook source says – a teacher named Marcey Raymond Kusper,
“In class today, the topic of school protests to honor the 17 victims of the Florida shooting came up. One of my students said, “I think it’s stupid. How about you make friends with 17 kids you normally wouldn’t instead of walking out of school.” What great conversation came out of it. Smile at 17 people you normally wouldn’t smile at, say a kind word to 17 people who might not have someone to speak to, open up your heart to 17 people who might be hurting, offer friendship to 17 people who might have had none. Now that could change the climate of the school. 17 reasons for change… 17 reasons to make a difference. What’s your 17?? I like that slogan. Today warmed my heart to be a teacher.”
None of us can control someone who is bent on following through some act of violence. A part of me truly thinks jumping into the political pro vs anti gun issue will not change a single thing. A person bent on killing will find other ways to fulfill their desire to kill. But what we can do is make a difference in someone’s life. Will it stop violence? Maybe maybe not. But it may change someone’s life. We all know what a person looks like when they are hurting. If you truly open your eyes you can see the pain in someone else who just needs a warm smile, a big hug, a good listener or someone to call a friend. It starts with us.
I’d like to take up this challenge. I may not touch 17 lives but I’d like to touch at least one life this week. Maybe the person we touch this week may be the person who needs to hear that the Lord does heal the brokenhearted and will bind up their wounds.