Summary: Ever stood in line at the grocery store….the post office/WalMart? Ever get impatient? Me too. I count items people have and try to get in the shortest line. So imagine what it would be like if you had to wait in line for not minutes or hours but for d
“Together Everyone Accomplishes More”
Exodus 18: 13-23
Twenty years ago a man named Neil Rudenstein was the president of Harvard University. One of the jobs of a college president is to raise funds for the school. And he was very good at it. If you can imagine for 3 years he raised an average of 1 million dollars a day. It is said that he was passionate about every area of his job. Whether it was a big item or a small item he focused on it. He worked 12 hours a day. He involved himself in every single area of University’s life, large or small and he was very successful.
But one morning he overslept and he just couldn’t manage to make himself go to work. He went to the doctor and was diagnosed with sever fatigue and exhaustion. The board at the college insisted he take a leave of absence in order to recover. So he did. And he didn’t return for the next 7 days. In fact he didn’t return for the next 7 weeks. He spent the next 7 months recovering from fatigue.
Moses was being watched as he worked by his father in law whose name was Jethro and Jethro said to him “what you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you. You cannot handle it alone. When Moses led the people out of Egypt the Bible says there were at least 600,000 men and also their wives and children which leads us to think there were about 2 million Israelites. And all day long every day for almost two months he has been the one who is judged and made decisions about every conflict and every dispute they had. From early morning until late in the evening Moses is working. Jethro sees his fatigue. And it is obvious that the people aren’t real happy with the situation either. It’s wearing them out as well.
Ever stood in line at the grocery store….the post office/WalMart? Ever get impatient? Me too. I count items people have and try to get in the shortest line. So imagine what it would be like if you had to wait in line for not minutes or hours but for days. Here in the desert there were close to 2 million people and there was only one line to stand in. Jethro sees this and gives Moses some advice. He says hey Moses you need some help.
God did not intend for us to work alone. There was a reason that He created Eve. He said it is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. It is a principle that we find throughout God’s word. Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
When Jesus set out for His public ministry one of the first things He did was to select 12 men to work with Him. And when he sent out the 70 later to do their work he insisted that they go two by two. Never alone. Why did He do that? Simple. When you and I attempt to work for God by ourselves we will wear out. We will burn out. Solomon said “if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves.