Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 16-18, Galatians 5
Too many leaders, especially leaders in the church, put so much pressure on themselves to get it all done that (1) they wear themselves out, and (2) risk failing to give others an opportunity to help and use their giftings to the glory of God.
Moses and the people of Israel were not long into their escape from the shackles of Egypt when they began to complain. They were hungry! So, Moses cried out to God and He provided manna and quail! They were thirsty, so Moses cried out to God and He provided water from the rock. The Amalekites came to fight and God delivered them and He was celebrated as Jehovah Nissi: “The LORD is My Banner.”
Yet, as God led Moses in these miraculous deliverances, Moses dealt with a day-to-day matter that threatened to undercut everything: He alone handled all the inquiries. His father-in-law rightly noted, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves our, for the thin is too heavy for you. You are not able to do this alone” (Exodus 18:17-18). Taking Jethro’s advice, Moses took able men to judge the less-hefty cases, leaving the hard cases for Moses.
Leaders must delegate. God brings along people with great character and able gifting to get the mission done. In reflecting on Hebrews 13:20-21, God gives us everything we need to do everything He commands. And that includes people. Delegating is not a sign of weakness but of strength. It shows that you do not believe everything relies on you but that you trust that everything relies of Christ.
He is our banner–remember?