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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself…” (Exodus 18:18). The recurrent theme in today’s Old Testament reading is reliance on good friends. In Exodus 17, Israel is assured victory over its’ enemies as long as Moses holds up his hands, presumably praying for victory. Yet we see in v 12 that Aaron and Hur had to help by holding up his hands so that “…his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
Moses needed the support of his friends in order to carry out the task God had assigned to him. Later, in Exodus 18, we see Jethro offer some necessary advice. Moses had to choose trustworthy friends and delegate some of his responsibilities to others so that both he and his people would avoid burnout.
Life is not meant to be lived alone! God will never give us a mission in a vacuum and ask us to carry it out in isolation from other people. We should always have trustworthy, supportive brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we can pray, and on whom we can rely.
“Father, surround me with Christian brothers and sisters who love me! Help me to find a local church and get plugged in. Thank You that I’m not supposed to live life alone, and that I never have to because You are always with me!”
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