Daily Devotions


Day 141

"For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

Text: Exodus 18 : 22-23


Jethro assured Moses that even if many could be found to help care for the children of God, his primary responsibilities would not be affected at all.

“And let them judge the people at all times.
Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you,
every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be
easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.
If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be
able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place
in peace.”
EXODUS 18:22-23

1. “Small matter(s)”

Many of the problems that the children of Israel would have may consist of “small matter(s)”. But attention to small matters also consume both time and energy!

2. “Great matter(s)”

There will be times when matters of great importance will arise. Moses would then be consulted over these matters. His insight and His advice would be deeply appreciated in resolving these problems!

3. “It will be easier for you”

The task of looking after the fledgling nation was not an easy one! It may well be compared to a “burden” indeed! But he does not have to carry the burden alone. With many capable leaders supporting, the work of leading the children of Israel would be less exhausting and burdensome!

4. “You will be able to endure”

Moses may be able to perform multi-tasks! But as the years wear on, he would probably be burned out! But if he were to give heed to Jethro’s advice, he would probably be able to endure far better!


Jethro may have been “a new believer”. However, his words, displayed much wisdom and insight. His suggestions may have sounded good, practical and highly relevant. But he knew that the Lord’s blessings or approval must be obtained! Hence he said,

“If you do this thing, and God so commands you…”
EXODUS 18:23

Good advice is one thing. Having God’s blessing is another. Moses would have to ponder these words of advice carefully and prayerfully, before implementation!