WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020
TOPIC: GIVE MORE PRAISE
TEXT: Exodus 18:1-12
“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 18:1)
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 would 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 has 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 on the brighter side of life.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: