In this passage, Moses emphasizes the good that can come from taking advice from those wiser than us, relying on the support of our community, and ultimately placing our biggest burdens on the Lord. Moses spends all of his time each day judging and settling disputes for people, leaving no time for anything else. His father-in-law advises him to do a few things, the first of which is to bring these disputes to God and let Him make his will known. The second is to delegate most of these judgements to honest and trustworthy men to relieve the burden on Moses. Moses listens to him and does just that.
When we try to do everything ourselves or believe that we can handle difficult tasks without assistance, we're not doing any good for ourselves. We'll run into stress, exhaustion, and a lack of both physical and mental rest if we're not accepting help from others or asking the Lord for His help with what we're struggling through. Asking for or accepting help can be a scary thing, but it is usually the best thing we can do.
If something in our lives is burdensome, whether it is tangible or not, we can look to the different relationships in our lives. First, we can ask the Lord to take on any struggles in our lives and ask for his help and guidance. We can also lean on our community and open up to a few close friends to seek their advice and support. It is not only good to talk to friends, but also to seek the wisdom of someone older who has maybe dealt with similar situations, no matter how big or small. When we lean on those who love us, including the Lord, big transformation can happen - it's just a matter of taking those initial steps to ask for and follow advice.
Author | Caitlin Cooper