Summary: This is the tenth message in a series over the life of Moses that shows being God's man is never easy. This examines how leaders can easily become overloaded.
Dave Stone in His book, “Keeping Your Head Above Water” provides the following insight into leadership overload. “It is possible to spread yourself so thin that within the church you are mediocre in four or five areas instead of excellent in one or two.” This is a common plight for the Christian leader, we are called to accomplish a task that is never done and we are in constant danger of allowing ourselves to become overloaded if we are not careful. The two greatest pitfalls for leaders are the failure to delegate and the failure to prioritize. These pitfalls can cause us to become so distracted that we will not be able to keep focused on our main tasks. If we allow ourselves to fall into these pitfalls we will find ourselves quickly becoming overloaded, frustrated and discouraged. However, this problem is not a new one, in our text we discover that it was something that Moses struggled with. Moses found himself beginning to bend under the weight of all the demands of leading God’s people. In fact he was going from sun up to sun down seven days a week. This grueling pace was destroying him but God provided a solution to his problem through some helpful advice from his father-in-law Jethro. Today, we are going to dive into this text and discover God’s solution for an age old leadership problem.
I. An unexpected but timely visit from the in-laws.
A. The unexpected family reunion undoubtedly was refreshing for Moses.
1. Everything begins to come full circle as the Hebrew people arrive at Sinai. This was the sign that the Lord had promised to Moses in the very beginning.
2. Some time shortly after the circumcision fiasco in Exodus 4, Moses had sent Zipporah and his two sons back to live with Jethro.
3. The reports of all that God had done for his people had reached Jethro and this sets the stage for a family reunion as he leaves Midian to meet Moses with Zipporah and his two grandsons.
4. Moses seems to be pleased by the news that Jethro and his family is coming and so he goes out to meet them.
B. Moses and Jethro rejoice over the greatness and goodness of God.
1. Moses sits down with Jethro and begins to tell the story of everything that God had done for the Hebrew people up to this point.
2. Jethro was so excited over everything that God had done for His people that he literally burst out in praise of Yahweh.
3. Many casual readers miss the fact that Moses filling Jethro in on all that God had done leads him to complete faith in God as is evident by the statement of faith that Jethro makes.
4. This was a big deal because in confessing complete faith in Yahweh, Jethro abandons the religion that he grew up with and had led for many years.
5. The reunion concludes with Jethro inviting Aaron, Moses and the other leaders of the people to sit down to share in a sacrificial meal together before God.
II. Some very insightful observations in regard to Moses.
A. Evaluating Moses’ daily routine.
1. Moses would spend his time from sun up to sun down hearing the disputes of the people and seeking God’s will for their settlement.