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Are you being led or being driven?

20 July 2023 ‘The thing…you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out.’ Exodus 18:17-18 NASB

Do you feel like there isn’t enough of you to go around? Like you’re on the cliff’s edge and about to go over? It might be that  you’re doing much more than God intended you to do. When God reveals His purpose for your life, He also gives you His power to carry it out. One of the surest ways to know you’re walking in God’s will is that you’ll feel gently led, not harshly driven. Are you resting less and working more? Are you praying and reading your Bible less and worrying more? Maybe, like Moses, you’re dashing from one appointment to another: eating on the run, meeting deadlines, and trying to solve everyone’s problems while your own pile up. Others might have been impressed, but Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, wasn’t. ‘What is this thing…you are doing…?’ he asked (v. 14 NASB). Not surprisingly, Moses became defensive. (it;s a reaction many of us would have in the same situation!) He tried to justify his schedule, but Jethro didn’t buy it. Instead, he told Moses, ‘The thing…you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out.’ And what did he tell Moses to do? Shift gears and start sharing the load! (See vv. 22-23.) Then he summed it all up: ‘That will make your load lighter…you will be able to stand the strain’ (vv. 22-23 NIV). Stress has never been a sign of spirituality, and working long, hard  hours isn’t a sign of efficiency. So today, be honest with yourself: are you too stubborn to slow down, too insecure to say no, or too proud to ask for help? If you can relate to any of those things, talk to God about them today.

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