“And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.”
Moses had many excuses when it came to surrendering to God’s calling upon his life. One of those excuses was valid because it was an actual weakness in his life. Moses was not an eloquent speaker, but God showed Moses that overcoming that weakness could actually strengthen him and the work he had to do. Aaron was the answer to Moses’ weakness by becoming the mouthpiece for him. Everything God told Moses, he told to Aaron who relayed it to Pharaoh and God’s people. Certainly, there were some pitfalls along the way, but Moses and Aaron became a mighty team that God used to bring Israel to the borders of the Promised Land.
Moses is considered one of the greatest leaders in the Scriptures, and may well be one of the greatest leaders of all time. Yet, Moses could not have done this alone. If Moses had tried to do everything by himself, he would have worn himself out and limited his ability to lead God’s people to go to where God wanted them to go. Maybe one of the greatest attributes of Moses’ leadership was his ability to identify his weakness and then use others who were strong in those areas to lead. He was never intimidated by them, but he understood that the work would not go forward without him using the strengths of others to help him where he was weak.
There are many leaders who could truly be better leaders if they learned to lead like Moses. One of the greatest mistakes leaders make is that they fail to identify their own weakness. Having a weakness is not weakness, but having a weakness and refusing to identify it as a weakness is weakness. Everybody has a weakness, so why would you try to portray that you have no weaknesses? The sooner you identify your weakness, the quicker you can overcome it.
Moreover, find someone who is strong in your area of weakness and let them help you. If you are weak in organization, find someone who has the ability to organize and let them organize you. Whatever your area of weakness may be, there is someone whom God has prepared to help you if you will let them. One of the mistakes of leaders is that they become intimidated by the one who is stronger than they in their area of weakness, so instead of using them to aid them, they do all they can to minimize their influence in the work. Don’t do this! God gave them to you to help you overcome your weakness.
Furthermore, when you place that person in the area of your weakness, let them run it. Many leaders frustrate those whom God has given them to help them in their area of weakness because they won’t allow them to do what they were placed in that area of service to do. Leaders must learn to delegate, and that means allowing someone to do what you placed them in their position to do. Certainly, you must oversee and guide them, but don’t micromanage them and limit how much they can help you.
If leaders will realize that the areas they lead are not theirs in the first place but God’s, then plugging people into the areas of their weakness won’t be difficult. The potential of your work will be determined by how much a leader can learn to follow the principle discussed in this devotional.