Too Much For Even You

Too Much For Even You by Kirk Hunt

So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good.   Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out.  For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.

Exodus 18:17–18 NKJV

Moses had been a busy man:  He had led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Sinai desert.  Through God’s power he had inflicted plagues on the Egyptians, parted the Red Sea for Israel and closed the Red Sea on the Egyptian army.  And leading Israel was still too much for Moses.

Human beings have limits.  Even great prophets and apostles are mere mortals, and therefore have performance and endurance maximums.  You, my brother or sister, cannot do it all.

Proper nutrition and water, regular exercise and adequate sleep help.  Still, there comes a point where you need to hand off some of the work.  If Moses’ anointing and calling had limits, so will yours.

Look around you.  There are men and women who can and will help you.  Use your wisdom, discipline and humility to match the right tasks with the right workers.

Your workers will make mistakes.  You will make mistakes as well.  The work completed will not be done exactly the way you want it done.  In many cases, that is an extremely good thing.

Kingdom work is too much for even the greatest of us.  It is not a surprise that it is too much even for you.  Share the load with your Gospel coworkers.

Think:      God’s greatest men and women have limits.  How will I deal with mine?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to share the load and expand Your Kingdom.”

 

Copyright © December 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Adullam’s Champions

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Adullam’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David:

2 Samuel 23:15–16 KJV

Please also read 2 Samuel 23:8–17

 

Adino, Eleazar and Shammah.  The elite three among David’s forces.  The kind of men to go deep behind enemy lines to get a canteen of water.

 

These are not the same men recruited at Adullam.  They are no longer deadbeats, losers or whiners.  David’s moment of nostalgia and homesickness becomes a chance to display their strength.  And encourage the heart and spirit of their chosen leader.

 

Did these men spring out of the earth, champions?  Scripture does not record that scene.  Instead, Scripture records their act of selflessness and encouragement.

 

God intends for you to become a champion.  Where you start is less important than following His plan for your life.  Your service in His Kingdom is the primary tool to change you.  For the better.

 

Perhaps you already are a champion.  Have you engaged in a heroic effort, just to encourage someone?  Only a champion would unobtrusively schedule a perilous victory for someone else’s benefit.

 

God’s Kingdom is full of opportunities, big and small.  To encourage, bless and build up others in Christ.  His intends for you to be a champion.  Go do your faith hero stuff.

 

Think:            Men and women are made champions in God’s service.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion You intend.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Adullam’s Recruits

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Adullam’s Recruits by Kirk Hunt

 

And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

I Samuel 22:2 KJV

 

David fled to the cave of Adullam, hunted and hated by King Saul.  There, alone and in need of support, David received his recruits.  Oh, joy.

 

There were not the best and the brightest.  They were not even the middling and muted.  The cast-offs of society made their way to David.  Oh, boy.

 

Scripture says they were in distress, or in debt or discontented.  I call them the losers, the deadbeats and the whiners.  Not the usual starting blocks of an elite fighting unit.  Oh, man.

 

Thankfully, the sentence does not end there.  At least they brought themselves.  That hints that they were willing to invest themselves in something.  By coming to and staying at Adullam, they changed.  Oh, well.

 

Davis became their captain.  Clearly, these undesirable men were willing to accept leadership.  Often, a teachable heart alone can help a man advance from where ever he started.  Oh, great.

 

Adullam’s recruits represent the men and women who come to support you in your calling.  They are unfinished and often undesirable, but with God’s help they can become champions.  Oh, okay.

 

Think:            Men and women finish champions in God’s service, no matter how they start.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see Your finished work in my brothers and sisters.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Use What You Get

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“Use What You Get” by Kirk Hunt

 

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it [Manna] until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Exodus 16: 19 – 20 NIV

 

Moses’ instructions were clear. Each household should gather only as much manna as would be eaten that day. No manna was to be stored.

Of course someone tried to hoard their manna. The heaven-sent food rotted overnight. Disgustingly.

God’s provision of manna to Israel is popularly seen as an allegory of God’s provision for modern-day saints. He gives us gifts and provision. God wants us to gather enough of what He provides, and not to hoard what He gives.

Your skills, education and credentials are a form of manna. They are a provision, ultimately from God, to nourish and benefit your household. Are you hoarding your manna?

There are men and women, ministers and ministries, that need the manna you hold. You have the ability to nourish and benefit other households. Are you willing to share, or will you hoard what God has given?

“…They kept part of it…” You have an opportunity to give from the riches that God has entrusted to you. What have you got to lose?

Think: I should not hoard what God has given.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to share with others what You have given.”

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Shiny

“Shiny” by Kirk Hunt


And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

Exodus 34: 30, 33 (KJV)


The cowering men were the senior leadership of Israel. They individually commanded the respect and obedience of hundreds of thousands of men and women. They personally witnessed God’s miracles in Egypt. You would think they could hold their ground against one man.


Despite all of their experience and station, they were not ready. They were not prepared for Moses’ appearance. They were not prepared for Moses to be shiny.


Moses spent time with God. Alone on the mountain, Moses spent time face-to-Shekinah with God. The result should not have been a surprise to anyone.


There’s lots of excellent reasons for you to spend time with God. Worship. Prayer. Devotion. Empowerment.


Whatever your reasons for spending time with Him, one side-effect is that you will begin to reflect His glory. No one spends time with God and comes away the same. God’s glory can rub off on those who seek Him.


After 40 days in God’s Presence, Moses got some glory on him. Especially his face. Isn’t time you got shiny?


Think: God’s glory can reflect in my life, if I spend time with Him.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to spend time with You so I can reflect Your Glory.”



Copyright © February 2011, Kirk Hunt

Not Alone In Exile

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Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

Exodus 3:1 (KJV)


He had once been the grandson of a Pharaoh. He had once been a member of the ruling elite of Egypt. He had once been important and respected.


40 years of exile later, the wanted posters had faded to blank in the desert sun. Only the keeper of the cold case files in Egypt might have known of Moses’ name and death-warrant. No one sought after the forgotten fugitive on the backside of the desert.


It isn’t hard to guess that Moses felt forgotten and alone in the depths of the Midian desert. An exile? Definitely. Forgotten? Not by God. Alone? Not for a second.


There among the sheep, Moses had time to spend with God. Far from the bright lights of Egypt, Moses had the time and opportunity to deepen his relationship with Jehovah-Jireh. Exiled, does not mean alone.


Where ever you are, you are not alone. God is there with you. No matter what happened before.


He longs to develop a deep, rich relationship with you. He calls to you through the silence. What do you say?


Think: No matter where I am, God is there and wants to spend time with me.


Pray: “Father-God, I want to have a deep and rich relationship with You.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt