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“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy…and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the other side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Exodus 17: 11-13
Have you ever found yourself growing weary when you most need strength to keep pressing on? Have your arms fallen when the most vital moment of the battle is at hand? Maybe it is even that your heart is fainting at the battle another is fighting, and your prayers for them are dwindling as your faith grows small.
It was not Moses’s arms that caused Israel to prevail, nor the arms of those who steadied him. It was what he held up with his arms. The rod of God. Sometimes the Christian life drains the soul of the warrior, or of the intercessor. Often it does. It is in those times that we need others to come and to “hold up” our faith. To press us on to higher heights, and greater feats of belief. It is in those dark moments when our arms are slowly falling, that we need the lives, the words, the faith of other believers, to hold up our own. This is God’s design!
There will be times when you are in Moses’ place. Your weary arms of faith are fainting. Your prayers are seemingly faithless. You have lost the hope you once held to. And there will be times when you are Aaron, and Hur. Holding up the arms of another believer who’s faith is failing, and whose hope is dying. The beautiful thing about it is that God’s design for endurance in suffering is found in the relationships He provides. And as day breaks, and the battle is won, it is He who gets the glory. Not the lifter up of the staff, nor the stayer of the lifting arms, but the God of the staff.
“And Moses built an alter and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi (The Lord is my Banner).” Ex. 17:15
Bear one another’s burdens, fulfilling the law of Christ, that you love your neighbor as yourself. For what you do for the least of your brothers in the Lord, you do even to Jesus Christ himself. Let Him have the glory. For the Lord of the Battle is also the Victor.