Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

Uphold each other…

Exodus 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

There’s no joking and no denying that a lot of us are going through rough patches right now…almost every believer I know is being “attacked” on one front or another; physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, emotionally, etc…  We are wrestling against ourselves, this world, and/or principalities and powers.

We must never forget that even the heroes of the Bible (save Christ) needed God, working through other humans to “lift them up” and support them from time to time.  In chapter 17 of Exodus, we have Moses overlooking a battle.  As he raises up his hands (being a visual representation of God’s intervention) the Israelites start winning, as he lowers his hands, they begin to lose.

God, of course, is the main focus here…and Moses is the prophet center stage.  But we see here a very human side of God’s chosen man in this case.  He literally cannot hold up his own arms…have you ever tried to raise and hold up your arms for any length of time?  It starts to ache, to cramp, to hurt fairly quickly.

Now, add to that the knowledge of the stress of the battle; he knows when he begins to put his arms down that his people start getting slaughtered.  Fortunately, Hur and Aaron are at hand (literally) and help Moses.

Folks, don’t forget to uphold each other, as we can, when we can, where we can.  Our spouses, our friends, our teachers, our students, our brothers and sisters, family, our preachers/teachers/pastors, our praise leaders, our music makers, etc….  Sometimes we all need it; even Moses needed it.  In the end all glory goes to God, of course, for His power and grace.

We are a family, we believers, and we should act like one.  (Yes, that also means we will bicker and fight…sometimes pull hair, and give the silent treatment 😉 ).  But, the fact remains, we all need our hands held up every now and again; we are human.  Just a reminder in these times.

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