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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain.’ Exodus 18:23 NIV

Why do we insist on doing everything ourselves? Three reasons:

(1) We’re afraid others won’t do the job as well as we do—but how else are they going to learn?

(2) We’re afraid they will outshine us. The Bible says, ‘In honour preferring one another.’ (Romans 12:10 KJV)

(3) We think God expects us personally to do it all. Moses’ father-in-law told him: ‘Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God… Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens… Let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge… If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to their place in peace.’ (Exodus 18:19–23 NIV) So evaluate what only you can do, and delegate what others can do. If the job’s too big for you, take it as a sign that God is telling you, ‘Don’t try it alone!’ That doesn’t mean dump the work on just anybody. If you pair the wrong person with a job that makes no sense to them, disaster will ensue. You must:

(1) find the right person

(2) give them the right job

(3) trust them to do the right thing

. Do those three things and you’ll enjoy the fruit of your efforts.

SoulFood: Ecc 5–8, Jn 11:38–57, Ps 81, Prov 30:11–14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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