Daily Feast – August 18

Danger of overextending yourself (1)

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. - Psalm 127:2

Life is feeble without purpose. We must derive joy in God. We must sit down and not overextend our lives. You must not go beyond wisdom. If life has nothing to push for, you may not achieve anything. If you can run in crisis, then you would be able to run in life. But when people are pushed beyond limit, it becomes dangerous.

In your life or job, there must be a time to say, “Enough is enough”. The devil does not care when you go to Heaven, but he knows that when you are out of the battle by premature exit, you cannot defeat his kingdom again. That is why we must settle down and know the danger of overextending ourselves. Time is the currency of this world. How you used the time determines what happens to you.

The pastor of the largest church in the world (Two million people) Moses, who led the wilderness church, was trained by Jethro, his father-in-law. One-time Jethro came around to see what God has done for them, and he saw the people queuing to see Moses. Jethro had greater administrative ability, an innate instinct, although he was not an Israelite. It is the same innate intelligence that is present in ants and eagles. He knows that when a string stretches beyond the limit of elasticity, it will break and get destroyed. And God does not want us to break in life. Neither does he wants us to be lazy and stagnant but to be balanced. There must be a balance of everything we are doing.

There was nobody among the people that could have told Moses the truth because nothing should make you rebuke your mentor than pray for him. But somebody that God used to train him can. God used Jethro to train Moses to unlearn what he learnt under Pharaoh for 40 years. Jethro advised Moses that he would wear out if he insisted on seeing all the people. Not only him that would wear out, even the people queuing up to see him. This is the danger of ministry that only see visions for people. People's faith must be based on the word of God. You must allow them to sit down to learn. You can be too spiritual, seeing the devil in everything, and not rational at all. And you can be too rational that you are not spiritual. You must be balanced. Jethro was not speaking unbelief, he had reared animals, and as a shepherd, he knew that human beings behave like sheep. Choose men that are faithful and able to rule 1,000, 100 and 10. Moses heeded the counsel. He saw that God brought Jethro to help him. Why did God use Jethro? Why did he not tell Moses directly? This is because God will use the people around us to help us if we care to listen

Prayer: Lord, send me help from your sanctuary and endow me with your strength, in Jesus name

Further Reading: Exodus 18:14-26, 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Psalm 20:2
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Esther 1:1-3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 21:19-20

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