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, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.” There was a better way. We would say today that the process Moses was using was not ‘sustainable’. Moses was going to ‘burn out’.
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 as well.
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! I have learned to always go to God for confirmation when I get Godly counsel from someone. The people I am talking to are just people with their own perspectives and bias’. God always gives me confirmation if the advice I am 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 listen. Be ready to obey…..
and then blessed.
Thank you for bringing order out of my chaos, Abba Father.