How many of us remember being in school and the teacher would ask, “Any questions?” Of course, there was that guy that always shot his hand up and asked a million questions. We wanted to bean him with something, like our eraser. But then there were those other people that were way to shy to ask any questions for fear of asking “a dumb one” and they’d get ridiculed. The teacher knew that, so they’d then say “there are no dumb questions.”
In Deuteronomy 1 Moses has an incredible admission. Here’s probably the greatest leader in human history, no other human can say they’ve accomplished what he’s accomplished. But in this chapter he reminds the leaders of the tribes how even he had limitations. It was a great honest admission that he just couldn’t do it all. The demands were too much for him. This led him to pick leaders and elders who would adjudicate a lot of the problems for the Israelites. It takes a big man/woman to admit their mistakes but it takes humility. Remember Moses was the meekest man on earth, but it was a great example for his leaders, and for the rest of us.
Some times, people can be struggling with a problem, a relationship, a character flaw and because of pride, never ask for help. They can spin their wheels wandering in their own wilderness just because they’re not humble enough to admit their limitations. A couple can have problems in their marriage, at some point in time one spouse says “we need to get some help, we’re a mess.” But the other spouse is reluctant to ask for help, “well, I don’t want anybody to know what’s going on.” I get that, but it’s only pride that keeps them from getting any resolution, because they just can’t admit they have limitations. It’s not like they’re the only ones that have had problems. In fact, any good marriage, any really good marriage has had it’s fair share of problems. If you have problems to resolve remember, you’re not the only one on that list. The Bible says “you have not because you ask not”, so why not ask for help? If a great leader like Moses can do it, I guess we can too.