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Thought for the Week: Exodus 18:17-18

by admin on April 22, 2012 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good.  You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you.  For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone” (Exodus 18:17-18).

Ahhh, the difference between good and significant.  That’s a tricky one.  Moses sat all day long listening to people’s disputes and resolving them by his God-given wisdom.  A vital job!  Who could say this was not deeply significant to the spiritual, emotional, and physical welfare of God’s people?  But as significant as it was, it was not good.

Moses’ father-in-law spoke to Moses the words that I’m sure God so often longs for us to hear: “Slow down.”  Or maybe for some of us it’s, “Let it go.”  Even in deeply significant tasks or projects, ones that God has specifically assigned to us and wired us for, even in those, God does not desire burn out or despotism.  He desires us to give Him control.  Everything that we know about how God functions highlights the fact that He finds rest necessary, that He uses unexpected people, and that His timing is often not that of our own.

Whether in your wedding planning or in your daily life, how can you maintain a good and significant calling?  Ask God to show you whom you can rely on, who will faithfully accept delegation, what His ideal timing is, and what avenues, methods, or strategies you are overlooking.  Sometimes our own pride and control can block our reliance on God’s provision when we are embarking on a significant project or calling.  Don’t let your wedding planning be one of those.

Lord, I’m so glad that You are sovereign!  Your will be done, Lord, in my wedding and in my life.  Forgive me for wanting to hoard control.  Forgive me for thinking I can do things better than anyone else.  Show me instead how I can empower others to help me accomplish this significant project of wedding planning.  Spark my creativity to think beyond my own ingrained methods.  Let my wedding planning be good and significant!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


By Lindsay

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