TEXT: EXODUS 18:1-12.

🔑KEY VERSE “And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians” (EXODUS 18:10).

The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet, even Wellington realised that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age, a young lady asked him what he will do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment then replied, “I’d give more praise.”

From our text, when Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and Israel, how the Lord brought them out of Egypt, he rejoiced greatly and praised God.

He came with Zipporah, the wife of Moses and their two sons for a wonderful reunion. Soon, a burnt offering was offered in praise to God after which Jethro sat down with Moses and the elders of Israel to appreciate the Lord and celebrate the many victories He gave to His people.

A lot of times, we are so busy looking at the bad things around us that we fail to see the wonderful things that God is doing in our lives.

Jethro did not come to complain and accuse Moses of negligence of his family. Neither did the entire team focus on the obstacles and hardships in the wilderness but to appreciate how the Lord had helped Israel. We should always remember the good things that God has done and give Him thanks. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Joy is sustained by looking at the brighter side of life.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: LUKE 7-8.

MEDITATION

The power and the purpose of testimonies

  1. Moses, despite the wilderness challenges and the pastoral burden, confronted his gentile father in law with testimonies of God’s power and favour v8.
    Don’t exalt your challenges above the goodness and greatness of God
  2. This testimony created an atmosphere of joy, gladness and reunion v9.
    Learn to give God’s testimonies and give glory to God before all people
  3. The testimony attracted praises of God from the gentile patriarch v10.
    Talk about the love and goodness of Jesus to the unbelievers
  4. The testimony eventually led to the conversion of Jethro, the gentile priest, from idol worship to the service of God v11,12.
    Target the conversion of sinners through giving of testimonies
    Lord, testimonies will henceforth be the product of my lips and no more any negative words
    Lord, teach me to be using testimonies to bring sinners to Christ
    Lord, let testimonies be central in our fellowships like of old

HYMN Count your blessings

  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
    Chorus
    Count your blessings, name them one by one;
    Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
    Count your blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
    2
    Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will be singing as the days go by.
    3
    When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
    Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.
    4
    So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.