Exodus 18: Jethro’s Advice to Moses
Jethro, Priest of Midian, visits Moses
In today’s lesson, we see:
- The visit of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law;
- Jethro’s advice to appoint judges accepted by Moses.
In chapter 18 we come to the last of the seven experiences the children of Israel had between Egypt and Mount Sinai. God has been leading Moses directly by revelation but now Moses turns to worldly wisdom for help rather than to God for revelation.
Once again we see, in the experiences of Moses and Israel, great spiritual truths that God would have us apply to our lives as well. There is no shortage of worldly wisdom from those who would tell us how to live our lives. But if you look to bureaucrats in Washington DC, religious leaders, or any other persons to guide your daily life, you will miss the true wisdom, discernment and direction that only God is able to provide each moment of your life.
Worldly Wisdom versus God’s Way
Whether it be radio talk show hosts, TV news and information shows, Internet blogs, books, conferences, movie stars, coaches, counselors, teachers, pastors, family, friends, …, everyone wants to tell us what we should be doing. Every one else seems know and wants to tell us how we ought to live our lives, even when their own personal lives are a mess. But we ought always and foremost to go to God directly to seek His wisdom and leading.
Seek God First, Godly Counsel Next
This is not to say that we should not seek godly counsel. We can learn much about discerning God’s way and God’s voice from others who are spiritually mature. But godly counsel should only serve to help and encourage us to more faithfully know God, His ways, and His leading. And that happens as we study His Word and pray, with the Holy Spirit as our counselor.
As Christians, any human counsel we seek ought to be godly counsel, those we know to be devout men and women of God who can help us better discern God’s way. How many of us have received, and often followed, the worldly wisdom of family and friends, even well-meaning Christian leaders, that eventually caused us to veer from God’s perfect way for us.
The Holy Spirit Is Your Counselor 24/7
Don’t feel bad, though. Apart from Jesus Christ, you will not find in the Scriptures anyone who perfectly followed God, free of sin and error. But there are no dead ends with God, He always welcomes us back on the right path when we stumble and fall. So get back up and walk with Him once again.
God will faithfully guide your ways and your decision-making as you seek Him. As a child of God, His Holy Spirit is your perfect, all-knowing counselor. You will save yourself much indecision, confusion, grief, and heartache by going directly to God for direction in your life. He alone can help you sort through all other circumstances and counsel to know and do right by God.
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If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth… But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit – the Father will send Him in My name – will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. – John 14:15-17a, 26 HCSB
My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 HCSB
No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, The Lord knows that the reasonings of the wise are meaningless. – 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 HCSB
Get Plugged Into God’s Plan Today
If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
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