Raised Arms | Devotion 1: Standing in The Battle
Sometimes we all need help. Over the last few years, I have had two knee replacement surgeries. They each required months of physical therapy. In the beginning, my leg was very weak, and I needed help to stand and do the required exercises. I was so thankful for the physical therapists that would come along side me and literally hold me up. When I was not able to stand on my own, they were there to support me.
Moses was a great man of God. He went to God in his time of need. In Exodus chapter 17, we find the Israelites in battle, and Moses standing with his arms held up in appeal to God for help, “Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset” (Exodus 17:12 NLT).
If you keep reading the story here in Exodus chapter 17, you will find that whenever Moses’ arms were up, the Israelites were winning the battle against the Amalekites and when they came down, the battle would shift, and they would begin to lose ground. The Bible does not say that Moses asked for help. His friends saw that he had a need and were there to support him. Aaron and Hur saw that Moses needed help and found a way to be there for him.
People all around us are struggling in the battles they are fighting. Every day we hear about hardships in the lives of those that we know and love. That means that every day we have the opportunity to be a help to someone in some way. As we all know, it is hard to ask for help. Aaron and Hur were watching and saw that Moses needed them. If we are keeping watch, we will find ways to be a help to those around us. Sometimes we are needed to pray and encourage someone, and sometimes we are needed to stand in the battle with them and hold them up.
Proverbs 11:25 says that whoever brings a blessing will be blessed, that when we water, we will be watered. God blesses us when we bless others! Galatians 6:2 says that we obey the law of Christ when we share each other’s burdens.
Aaron and Hur stood strong in the battle as they supported their leader and friend. Who has God put in your life to whom you can be a blessing?
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NLT)