In our zeal to please God and advance His kingdom, we can often take on responsibilities God never intended us to have. One of the great challenges of the Christian life is determining what God does not want us to do! Sometimes our good intentions cause more harm than good. The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives, if we don’t know where, then we should stop and listen for His voice.
Moses was aware of the need for someone to settle disputes among the Israelites. Someone had to help those former slaves learn how to live together as the people of God, so Moses took it upon himself to meet this need. Long lines of unhappy people, hoping to have their cases heard, stood before Moses each day. Moses spent day after day carrying the weight of his nation’s problems on his shoulders. Finally his father-in-law, an outsider, witnessed what Moses was doing and challenged the wisdom of his actions. Moses was taking on more than he could handle. He was wearing himself out trying to do what was impossible for one person. In doing this service alone, Moses was robbing others of an opportunity. He was also doing a disservice to his people, who otherwise could have had their issues resolved much sooner. Even when God’s clear about us doing something, inviting others to this tasks is extremely important.
When you become aware of a need, do not automatically assume God wants you to meet it. Mediate on the different aspects of it and seek to understand God’s heartbeat for it. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that you are doing, you are probably doing more than God has asked. Realize that some assignments are for a season and some will be for a lifetime. Transitions are greatly important as the Spirit directs each step throughout life. Pray carefully about the assignments you take on, so that you don’t rob yourself of God’s best.