The Grace of Listening

After Moses’ father in Law Jethro gave Moses advice about sharing the burden of his ministry with other leaders among the people of Israel, Exodus 18:24 says: “So Moses listened to his father-in-law …”. It should be instructive to us that Moses LISTENED!

He didn’t respond by objecting: “But I am the one who is God’s chosen leader! I have all the answers, not YOU!” No, he had the grace and humility to listen, and to see that the suggestion given to him by his father-in-law was good. It would be a blessing both to Moses himself and to the congregation if it were implemented. Many of us would have to admit that we would do well to apply some of this same grace, and, rather than thinking we know it all, LISTEN to the good input that God has others whisper in our ears!

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4 Responses to The Grace of Listening

  1. oloryn says:

    With a title like that, you’re sure to pull me out of the woodwork 🙂

    I think this is part of following Phil 2:5,6 (have the same attitude as Christ, who didn’t regard equality with God as something to be grasped). Too often we hold for dear life onto whatever “respect” we think our positions of authority deserve, insisting that *we* be listened to, without listening to others. Instead we should hold that respect loosely, not regarding it as something to be grasped.

  2. Very good point – one of the deepest convictions I have ever had from God was about the sin of presumption – thinking that I not only know more than someone else, but that I know a better way than God so if He would just listen to me….Lord, forgive me! Your ways are not our ways and your thoughts are not ours. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are your ways higher than my ways. God, thank you that you are God and I am not. I want to listen to you and to people you have sent to me. Speak, Lord, your servant hears.

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