Delegation or Disintegration?
Whenever I hear the word delegation I am reminded of the notable example found in the Old Testament. Moses’ father-in-law encourages him to enlist others in order to relieve his burden. Later in the book of Numbers, Moses again becomes overloaded with pressure and cries out to God for help. So God directs Moses to gather seventy men and to meet Him at the tent of meeting. The LORD then tells Moses that He is going to take some of the Spirit that is on him (Moses) and put it on the seventy.
I have often wondered if Moses felt a dwindling of power when this occurred. I wonder too, if he wished he had never complained. I also wonder if delegation is indeed the best course of action in many cases.
If we look closely at the text we will find that after Moses experiences this depletion of the Spirit, it is, for the most part, all down hill. Jealousy overcomes Joshua as the young men prophesy. God’s judgment kills many with a great plague. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses, only to incur God’s swift judgment of leprosy. The stubborn army of Israel goes to battle, against Moses’ authority, ending in utter defeat. Ten of the twelve spies report that it is impossible to enter the God-given land since giants dwell therein. This in turn creates a domino effect of mass grumbling and complaining, which causes rebellion to spiral out of control.
Was it wise for Moses to delegate? I would propose that perhaps it is sometimes the better part of wisdom to consider why we want to bring others on board to help us with our load. Let us first come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy andfind grace to help in the time of need. We may miss God’s deliverance and blessing if we pass off our responsibility too soon.