The Importance of Knowing One’s Limits


So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said,

What is this thing that you are doing for the people?

Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”


Do you ever feel as though you’re carrying a load too heavy?   Read Exodus 18


We have good intentions.

We love     God.

We love ___God’s people.

            We see __needs_____ .


Moses had good intentions.

He could see the need for these people who had been in bondage, in captivity, all these years.


He tried to meet these needs by himself.


God had called Moses to lead His people out of bondage.

Did God call Moses to handle all of the re-entry by himself?


            In doing it all by himself:   He didn’t get the job done well.

                                                         He wore himself out.

He kept others from doing their assigned job.

       To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  I Samuel 15:22


Jethro heard Moses’ story.

Jethro saw Moses’  problem.

Jethro gave Moses wise  advice .

Knowledge + understanding = wisdom

Moses _listened.

Moses  followed through .

Moses succeeded.


What can we learn?

            Do not presume, unless you hear from God.

            Do not assume, when you see a need, that you are the one to fill it.


If you are overwhelmed, maybe you’re doing what God didn’t give you to do.

Wait.  Wait until you hear from God.  Expect Him to answer.


Philippians 4:7:  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


2 thoughts on “The Importance of Knowing One’s Limits

  1. This is the most inspiring new blog I have come across in a long time. What a beautiful message for all of us. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say. Good Work!


  2. Very good point! Too many feel if they see a need that automatically assigns them to meet that need. We must be tuned in to God’s direction for us and trust HIM to meet the other needs we see around us. Maybe he shows us those needs to pray! Hmmm. Prayer is NOT a cop-out. Yes we need to be busy about HIS business; but we don’t need to do God’s work for him.


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