“What is this you are doing for the people?” Exodus 18:14.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Exodus 17-20, and Acts 3.
If the verse above was all you knew about Jethro’s interaction with his son-in-law Moses, you could easily perceive Jethro as an overbearing father-in-law.
But we have more information. Jethro did things before he reached the giving-advice level.
Jethro went to where Moses was. He wasn’t “shooting” from long range. He had a face-to-face interaction.
Jethro listened to Moses before giving advice. How many times do we get that order wrong?
Jethro was “delighted” to hear about what God had done.
Jethro recognized verbally what God had done in rescuing the Israelites from Egypt. He separated “God did it” from “Moses did it.”
Jethro gave offerings and sacrifices to God. He worshiped God in front of Moses confirming God’s importance to him.
Jethro watched, for a day, the way Moses was handling things with the Israelites BEFORE offering advice. Jethro had his facts straight.
Because Jethro was so thorough, Moses was willing to listen to him and take needed action.
“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.” – Exodus 18:24.
I am often quick to give advice. Sometimes, in the process, I omit some (all?) of the steps Jethro took before he offered advice. I must do better.
“Lord, You have a Way for me. Forgive me for going it alone without You. I need You every second. Help me to follow the steps of role-model Jethro before offering opinions. I want to speak Your Words in Your Timing. Help me, I beg.”
Jethro provides guidelines for setting myself up to give advice. Will I heed them?