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TODAY’S MEDITATION – You cannot do everything by yourself (Deuteronomy 1:17)

My brother, my sister, you can’t be doing everything by yourself. Today’s passage says: “Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” Let’s put this back into its context before seeing how we can apply this to our individual lives daily.

You see, it had become a huge burden for Moses to lead the nation. Yes, God can give you responsibilities, and they become a burden as the work develops. Also, like Moses, a time may come when you can no longer accomplish the task alone. Indeed, regardless of what you are responsible for: a family, an organisation, a church, etc… things always become complicated when they grow! Many family conflicts begin as children become teenagers (yes, children grow up!); many organisations and churches are experience various conflicts when they grow. Why? Because the needs of each other become contradictory as much as different viewpoints and quarrels may arise! Therefore, unless you understand that you cannot make decisions for everyone all alone, you will end up exhausted or too much overwhelmed.

The fact is that some people have the natural tendency to try to do all the work alone, like Moses … because they do it better, faster, and more efficiently. Some are afraid to ask for help. In both cases, the Lord advises us that when we judge a situation too great or too much for us, we just ought to give it to Him. Moses finally made a wise decision by sharing the leadership with others rather than trying to take on greater responsibilities alone. Most of the time, because some people want recognition of what they do when they do not have the hidden desire for self-glorification, they are reluctant to share the load so that others may also excercise their God-given gifts and abilitiesm. It is wrong, especially within the Church. My friend, the only competition that should exist in the Church is your personal race to the finish line where you will meet the Lord Jesus. Titles, positions, how people perceive you, popularity are all matters of the world and they are worthless and temporary. What will last is what your relationship with the Lord has allowed you to accomplish on earth! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.