Deuteronomy 1:12 (MSG)
“How can I bear alone the weakness and pressure and burden of you and your strife.”
Needing others does not make you weak.
We’ve been cultured to think that to be strong, you need to be completely independent, emulating heroes like John Wayne who save the day single-handedly and then ride off into the sunset alone. As a result, many people resist help when they need it. They think it makes them less of a person if they need others.
Meanwhile, if we try to do everything alone, we’ll never fulfil all the great plans God has for us. We need each other, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Moses learned this lesson when he was leading the Israelites out of Egypt. In today’s verse he admitted that he couldn’t do it all by himself. Although Moses had been trained by the best of the best in the most powerful country of the world at the time, he couldn’t do what he needed to do alone. And neither can you.
That being said, you’ll only create more pressure and stress in your life if you rely on the wrong people. Moses asked for help in choosing “wise, understanding, experienced, and respected” leaders to help him lead (Deuteronomy 1:13, AMPC), so make sure you take a good look at people’s track records so you can choose people who are prepared to handle what you’re asking them to help you with.
When you’re under pressure, don’t be afraid to ask others to help you. God can do incredible things through us when we work together as a team.
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