Sort it Yourself!Daily Thoughts
Exodus 18:13-15 “The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will”
I was reading Genesis 34 about Dinah and the Shechemites today which is a little side story to the main journey of Jacob. What struck me about this passage and other similar obscure passages too is that God does not really seem to show that much interest. Almost as if the minor affairs of what was going on didn’t bother him, as he expected his people to make the right choices by themselves.
How far do we go in bringing everything to God? We say all the time to include God in everything we do, but to what level do we take that? I certainly don’t ask God what colour socks I should wear every morning, there are some things which I will spend time thinking about and still others I totally give to him in prayer. Where do we find the balance between relying on God’s direction yet being able to make our own decisions too?
I believe Exodus 18 is the perfect solution to this, and the wisdom of Jethro is something we can apply through every time and culture. Moses was burdened because he let himself sit as judge for the entire nation of Israel. He sorted everyone’s problems, from small to big. Like this we can sometimes rely on God too much for our answers and direction. This is really the only time where we can actually pray too much, as God expects us to use the spirit he has given us to guide us through life’s issues.
Each choice that we encounter through life demands a certain amount from us. Just as Moses assigned leaders to care for 1000’s, 100’s, 50’s and 10’s we too give certain amounts of time and energy to choices. It was actually only the difficult choices that were brought to Moses. Only the ones that no-one else could decide were brought before Moses to be decided by God. If we translate this into our life, it should actually only be the really difficult choices in life that we bring to God. Where we meet the end of our wisdom, where we cannot see the right path forward, only then do we bring it before God.
You may think this is wrong, almost as if we shouldn’t be praying or talking to God! But actually the whole point of prayer is giving God time to prepare and shape us, not just to answer our problems. The majority of the choices that I make in life, I will make being led by my spirit which is part of my anatomy. I do not need to constantly seek God in prayer for every little decision, my spirit testifies that I have conducted myself right.
In fact, the more time I spend in prayer, the more time I am giving God to teach and align me. So that when the tough choices arise, I am ready to make the right decision there and then. You do not need a constant flow of grace and wisdom in every circumstance, there is a store, an equity of God’s grace and wisdom already within you.
Prayer is not getting God to answer your problems.
Prayer is God enabling you to solve your problems yourself!