Deuteronomy 1:9-13 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 1:9 “I spoke to you at that time, and this is what I said: I can’t bear the responsibility for you on my own.
Deuteronomy 1:10 Yahveh your God has so multiplied you that notice1 today you are as numerous as the stars of the sky.
Deuteronomy 1:12 But how can I bear your troubles, burdens, and disputes by myself?
Deuteronomy 1:13 Appoint for yourselves wise, understanding, and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will place4 them as your heads.
not enough chiefs
Moses found himself in the opposite situation of the old proverb. He did not have enough chiefs. He asked the tribes to elect their own leaders because God had blessed them with large numbers. He agreed to place them as heads to represent the groups. They were not to be dictators. Moses was to retain his position as leader of the nation. But wise leaders know how to build a team around them to share the load.
Lord, give us godly leaders who can represent us before you and guide us to do your will.