TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 11, 2019:
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Moses hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it: and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus, his hands were steady until the sun set.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God chose Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt to the promised land. Leading the Children of Israel, some two million strong, was no easy task. Traveling through the desert to get to the promised land was difficult. When they had no water they grumbled and complained to Moses. Moses turned to God and God told Moses to strike a certain rock. Moses obeyed and water came out and the people had all the water they needed.
Then the Israelites were attacked by the Amalekites. During the battle, as long as Moses held his staff in his hands over his head, the Israelites were winning. Moses grew tired and could not hold up his hands. He had to have help. Aaron and Hur sat Moses on a rock and Aaron held up one of Moses’s hands and Hur the other.
Moses had come to think he had to do it himself. The people came to him for everything.
It is this attitude that has defeated so many. Many people say, if I want to get this done right, I have to do it myself. This attitude exposes our pride and need for control. These are destructive characteristics that do not honor God.
It was this attitude that Moses unknowingly struggled with when he was judging all the children of Israel by himself. Moses was spending so much time and energy listening to the people’s complaints that he had no time for important work. Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro told Moses that what he was doing was not good. He told him you would soon wear out, not only yourself but the people who are with you. He said, “The task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.”
If we are honest, we will admit there have been times we have said the same things about ourselves. “I am the only one who can do this.” “There is no one else that knows how to put this event together.” “If I do not do it, someone will just make a mess of it.” “It is easier if I do it myself.”
Can you see the prideful nature of those statements? We do ourselves no favor when we wear ourselves out with activities because we just cannot let them go --- when we just cannot trust anyone else with them. We must learn to choose and train trustworthy people to work alongside with us at school, at work and in ministry.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 15:58.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Help us, dear Lord, to learn to choose and train people to work with us at our job or with a ministry we are volunteering to help. Help us to be leaders so that others can learn from us in order to further Your kingdom.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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