This morning, God pointed out how He had delegated different tasks to different family groups. He had Aaron and Moses count them, ensuring there were plenty in each family able to handle the tasks assigned. The family groups were to be instructed carefully in how to handle the items by Aaron and his sons. The items had to be prepared before the family groups could perform their tasks.
This may be of little help to you, but this is so applicable to me in my work as a manager. Delegation is NOT my superpower. I struggle with providing clear enough instructions about the details of how a job should be done (apparently). I struggle with letting go and allowing my employees to do the job without swooping in to "help" them do it right (right = the way I want it done). And when they fail to do it the way I'd like it done, I do it myself and struggle to provide clear feedback on how and why they did not meet my expectations.
This isn't a new struggle for me. When my kids were little, it was making their bed or cleaning up their room for them because the way they did it wasn't quite "perfect." This perfectionism taught them quickly to stand back and let me do it!
But this chapter in Numbers brings home the important truth that none of us can do EVERYTHING all by ourselves. Moving the tabernacle was a massive undertaking. It took over 8000 strong men to carry the furniture, poles, curtains, and bases.
The work that God has placed before us also can't be done alone. Whether it is raising my kids, working a desk job, or writing - I need to learn to delegate, to provide the necessary instruction, to give those I delegate to freedom and responsibility for their work, and to hold them accountable for the results that are required (but not necessarily for doing it 'my way.')