How often we try to be God–to others, and in our own minds! In our pride, we think we can do it all, only to realize how feeble and frail our efforts actually are, and how far short we fall of our own ideals, much less God’s. God’s great mercy and grace are the answer for us; He loves us, and is working out His plan for our lives, for our good and His glory.
Thank you, God, for the wisdom you have provided me in your word. Thank you for being the answer to my problems and for meeting my every need. Father, you have given me the ability to think reasonably, to make decisions for myself and for those you have put in my care, and even to give them advice when needed.
I confess I have taken advantage of that ability. I like to be in charge. I like to think that I am the one that is wise, and I like for other people to think I am wise. I even appear to have it all together as a spouse, parent, employee, church member, and community volunteer; but Father, inside I am exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed with the weight that I have placed on myself. Break down my walls of pride, and help me to lead and care with a servant’s heart. And as hard as it is for me to do, please help me to willingly let others serve with me, so that the mission you have called me to can be accomplished more effectively.
Father, I cast my burden on you, for I know that you care for me. Give me a servant’s heart, I pray. Teach me your wisdom. Thank you that ultimately you are the one in charge and that you are committed to the good of your people.
“Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God will be with you!…If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace'” (Exodus 18:17-19, 23).