When the Lord told Moses to stand at the top of the hill, while Joshua fought the Amalekites, many of us will recall two important points…
- When Moses hands were lifted up towards the LORD the Israelites were winning
- When Moses’ arms grew tired, he relied on Aaron and Hur to help by holding up his arms.
Victory for the Israelite army!
Exodus 17: 11-13
‘As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.
Aaron and Hur held his hands up- one on one side, and one on the other- so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.’
This year has brought us SO many challenges- for our families, our businesses, our communities.
Many of these challenges have not yet been won and new ones keep getting thrown at us.
I’m fairly sure, that like me, you have had to dig deep to lift your eyes off your situation and focus them on Jesus…
That you have felt so weary as you lift your hands in praise to God, in spite of your desperate and seemlingly hopeless situations.
And that’s why I’m so grateful for communities like CWIB, of like-minded Christians who are journeying with each other.
When Moses sat on a rock, he was sitting on a foundation of support and hope– like our local churches, our Christian friends and groups, that are designed to ground us and keep us steady in times of trouble.
As a pretty independent person, who keeps busy and ‘gets things done’ in the face of challenges, I can find it hard to sit down and keep still.
I also it difficult to- or don’t even think to- ask for help, to lean on others for support.
How about you?
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When Aaron and Hur lifted Moses arms up, they were demonstrating the power that comes with a godly community.
The Lord worked through all three of them to bring about victory that day.
Moses could not have done it alone and neither should we try to.
Many of us have become so accustomed to being in isolation, working from home and doing ‘all the things’…
That we can forget to reach out to our beautiful community of Christian friends who are SO willing to ‘raise our arms’ and stand alongside us.
Recently I was reminded of the power of giving and receiving in community…
Not only does the receiver of support, or affirmation, or kindness reap the benefits;
But the giver of help also benefits greatly.
In fact, research confirms the many physical and mental health benefits that helping others brings.
Add to that the power of testimony shared exponentially when we work together, with God, and WIN BATTLES!
It’s all part of God’s amazing design for us to live and work in community!
As we near the end of this crazy and challenging year, let’s continue to reach out to each other when we grow weary.
Let’s commit to raising each other up when we face battles and are believing for breakthrough.
I’m expecting great and mighty miracles as we stand together in community!
1 Samuel 12:16
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before you eyes!’
Thank you CWIB for being a safe place for us to unite and support each other as we steward our gifts and our businesses according to your plans and good purpose!