October 6, 2020

Advice for Leaders

October 6, 2020


Exodus 18:13-27


We know from Moses’ history that he never wanted to be a leader, but that God placed him in a role that he was destined for (Exodus 3). After leading God’s people out of Egypt, he was faced with directing a nation of people who had been yoked in slavery for so long that they were unaware how to govern themselves. When the Israelites finally made it out of Egypt, Moses continued to lead, perhaps the first example of the age old saying of “building this plane as we are flying it.” 

Just when he needs it, Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro, arrives to rejoice in what God had done, as well as to offer some advice. At this point, Moses was trying to do everything himself, and Jethro points out that doing so is not best for him (Moses) or the people of God. Jethro advises Moses to be a God-fearing leader who not only sets an example, but identifies and pours into others who can help him lead. This is Old Testament discipleship at its finest. Even though the inevitable struggles and hardships are ahead of them, we see the Israelites developing into the nation of God that has shaped our faith. 


  • Are you in a positon of leadership? How can you take Jethro’s advice to heart and apply it to your life today? 
  • How is God directing you in your work? In what ways do you need to rely on the advice of others? 


  • Has anyone every given you good advice? What was that advice? 


God, today we ask you to be with our leaders. Those who lead the church, as well as those who lead our city, our state, our nation, and our world. Give these leaders the wisdom and strength to listen to the sound advice of others and to do what you have called them to do. Protect our leaders, God, and help them to identify new leaders as we all seek your will on Earth.