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 Gods will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought
to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of Gods decrees and
laws. Moses father-in-law replied, What you are doing is not good. You
and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for
you; you cannot handle it alone (Exodus 18:14-18).
'Tis the season for surmounting stress. If you are like most people, this is a time of
year that you look forward to--yet also dread. The holiday pressures of buying gifts,
preparing to go to relatives' homes, Christmas parties, plays, and musicals, etc., are hard enough
to bear. But that's not all. These pressures are simply added to the heap of
pressures we already face in our daily living; and they are at times enough to really wear
on our nerves, our patience, and our character.
Outward, inward, it does not make any difference, the pressures are still there. The
inward demands we place upon ourselves are no less difficult to deal with than the outward
pressures that others place upon us. So, we must never fool ourselves to
thinking that things are
under control if we turn down a few requests of others, without seeing what we need to
turn down with regard to our own desires of ourselves.
A good example is found in Exodus 18 (above). Moses had been acting as judge and counselor
for the whole nation of Israel. His father-in-law noted that Moses had little time for
anything else, and that because of that, it would inevitably wear on Moses and be harmful
to himself and the people. His counsel to Moses was for Moses to get help, for there were
so many people, surely there were others God had placed there that could help Moses give
Moses had been spread too thin--a fate many of us suffer--especially at this time of the
year. But regardless of the time of year, the solution we may need may still be found in
the words of Moses father-in-law: Get help. It is bad enough that we
take on more than we can handle, but once we have done that, it is worse if we do not get
help. And the help is out there, but we first must be willing to accept that we
cant do everything that we thought we could, we must admit we need help,
and we must seek God and others in getting help.
God will be faithful to help you in your time of need, even if it was you who got yourself
overwhelmed. He wont let you sink if you ask Him to rescue you. God does not want
anyone to bear more than can be taken. He wants each of us to be expressions of His Joy to
the world. But it is very hard for anyone to see Gods joy in us, when we are wiped
out by the rigmarole. When we think of "'tis the season," let it be that the love of
God delivered to us through the birth of His Son is what we think of.
And let it be that
it is what is seen in us--the love of God toward all mankind, reflected in our eyes, felt
in our hearts, and evident in our lives full of peace, rather than a Christmas chaos.