At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone. The Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky. May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself? Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”
You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”
So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you. Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” And at that time I told you everything you were to do. (Deuteronomy 1:9-18)
(30/365 days of Fear Not)
Sometimes, when I’m working on my God-given dream or living out my God-given purpose, I forget that the work is not all about me and that it’s meant to be shared. It’s meant to point others to God.
But there are times when I feel protective of my vision and so I’m selfish with it.
In fact, I try to keep it to myself so that no one knows what I’m doing. I figure that the fewer people who know what I’m doing or growing or creating, the fewer naysayers there will be. The fewer dissenters. The fewer haters.
But that’s not how God designed this business of living out the dreams He’s given each of us. He has planted a purpose, His purpose, in our hearts so that we can bring a small part of His kingdom to bear on the world around us. A world that is broken and hurting. A world that is desperate for Him and His dream-bearers.
But we cannot go it alone.
Eventually, our vision, our calling, our purpose, our dream must be shared with those around us and with whom we live our lives. We need community. We need an inner circle.
He was leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Part of Moses’ role as their leader included hearing disputes and bearing the problems and conflicts of the community. But as God increased their numbers, this became too much for Moses to bear alone.
He needed others to share his vision and share his burden.
He needed wise and respected leaders to serve as his inner circle and to serve the people and to bear the problems and burdens of the community.
Moses needed help.
We all do.
And we don’t need to be afraid to ask for help or to delegate part of our vision to a trusted and wise inner circle.
Eventually, all we do and all we build belongs not to us but to God.
We need to trust Him to guide us and to provide an inner circle for us.
And as He does this, as He provides a trusted team, we need to heed their counsel as much as we lead them with our vision.