Too much to do.
New things getting added to the list every hour.
It’s hard to focus.
Ever felt that way? I used to feel that way pretty regularly – until I learned an important lesson about my Father God. He is a God of order. When I invite God into my chaos, he provides clear priorities and organization.
I love the historical account of Moses with his father-in-law, Jethro, in Exodus 18. Jethro saw that Moses had large numbers of people coming to him all day every day to settle their disputes. It was a great opportunity for Moses to teach them about God and direct them in the way God would want them to go. The problem was that a crowd of people stood around Moses each day, waiting a long time to get help with their issues. Moses was becoming tired and overwhelmed.
I know that feeling, Moses!
Seeing this, Jethro sat Moses down to share some of his experience and wisdom with him. He told Moses there was a better way to do this. We would say today that the process Moses was using was not ‘sustainable’. Moses was going to ‘burn out’ doing this all by himself.
Any of that sound familiar?
Jethro suggested that Moses pick some honest, capable men who feared God and ask them to take care of the smaller, more common issues. Then these men could bring the more major cases to Moses. So smart! This way the men handling the smaller disputes would hear what Moses had to say about the more major concerns and they could gradually learn how to handle these more difficult issues.
Jethro also showed great wisdom when he told Moses to consult with God to make sure this is what God wanted him to do. Super smart! Whenever we get Godly counsel from someone, we should still ask God for confirmation. The people we are talking to are just people and they have their own perspectives and bias’. God will give us confirmation if the advice we are hearing fits into his plan.
Moses asked and God confirmed, so Moses did what Jethro suggested.
Jethro and Moses were creating the process that we know today as our judicial system. And it reveals to us that our God is a God of organization and structure. He is not messy or forgetful. He is not lazy or late.
God brings order to my thinking when I am confused. He clarifies my priorities when I am overwhelmed. He helps me focus on what he is asking me to do rather than all the other ‘good’ things I could do. He shines a bright light on what is best, helping me make decisions and making it easier to say ‘no’ when something would distract me from the path he wants me to take.
Do you need God to create order in your life? If so, ask him and be ready to obey.
Thank you for bringing order out of my chaos, Abba Father.