Jethro's Wisdom

There's wisdom to be found in others.  Can you spot the light?

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"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 18:17-18

God created everything, everyone.  Yes, the world is fallen because of sin, but that doesn't mean that there isn't good in creation even outside of our Christian bubbles.

After all, Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil - so we can produce both good and evil.

So when Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, visited him in the wilderness as Moses led the Israelite's from Egypt to the Promised Land, we find that Jethro is a High Priest in Midian.  We know from history that Jethro was of the Druze religion - not a follower of our God.  But that didn't stop him from speaking wisdom to Moses.

Moses had been setting up court to hear debates between the Israelite's and settle their matters, but Jethro saw a leadership miss in Moses stretching himself thin and not delegating things that can be taught to others.

Should Moses not listen to Jethro because he wasn't following God?  No.  He did listen, found the wisdom, and took heed.

"Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves."
-Exodus 18:24-26

Could Moses have shot down someone who wasn't following his Lord?  Sure.  But did he recognize that we are capable of good outside of our walk with God?  He did.

Where can we find God giving us wisdom this week?  After all, if He used a donkey, surely He can use broken people.

Michael Tatonetti