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“Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart.” - Proverbs 27:11 (NIV). 

The life of Moses can fall into three chapters. There is the impulsive lad who strikes down an Egyptian impatient for the liberation of the Israelites ( Exodus 2: 11- 14). The second phase is a leader guiding a restless people through a scorching desert on to the Promised Land. And finally there is the sage handing over the baton to his successor Joshua and giving the Israelites a word of hope. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” - Deuteronomy 31:6).

We might say that the last phase of Moses life reveals a much wiser person. Those who enjoy chewing and sucking on raw sugar cane sticks, know that they taste much sweeter as one gets to the bottom end. Through the years of experiencing the ups and down of life, Moses had become a much wiser person whom everyone waited on his word.

One area where Moses in his journey matured was in handling people. One day his father-in-law Jethro visited him and noticed that Moses had taken on the burden of listening to every case that came up to him. “When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” (Exodus 18:14).

Jethro then pulled Moses aside and advised him on a very important principle of leadership- delegation. “Listen... select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied” (vv 19-23). Moses not merely listened but soon implemented his father in law’s advice.

Being wise has been defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment”! For Moses he grew into such a wise and skilled leader through his life experiences. Some were hard lessons forcing him into exile. Others were humbling as when his father-in-law saw his error and coached him into what seemed so obvious. Moses became wiser because he embraced all these life’s lesson.

Experience they say is the best teacher. If you seek to be wise reflect on the lessons God is taking you through. There are not for naught. As harsh or humbling as they may seem, it is God’s way to make you wiser.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for wisdom in all my affairs, taking and growing through the lessons of life, so that I am perfected in your service, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!