When we are seeking God’s leadership, his name is glorified first and foremost. We are blessed, we are protected, but, God’s name is the name rolling off the lips of people far and wide. Jethro was pleased to see the liberation and protection of Israel. He saw God’s hand on his son-in-law.
Jethro made a sacrifice to God and honored God for the victories of Moses and his people. It was not the case that he was ignoring Moses, it was simply obvious who deserved the credit.
In our lives, when we follow God’s plan, His name–not ours becomes the focus. As that happens, we can enjoy the benefits of being a free people without having the pressure to prove our freedom comes from our actions or achievement.
It is simply that we become identified with him and allow him to lead, guide and bless our journey. It is a great deal. We get all his best and he takes all the pressure and responsibility. What a great trade…what a great God.
God Bless You
Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.
After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”;
and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.” Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.
Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.