Hold My Arms Up High!

Hold My Arms Up High!

8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 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, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Exodus 17:8-13

This was certainly a curious way to fight a battle, but quite possibly the only way they knew how. Everyone in their camp was a former slave. Fighting was not in their DNA so to speak. Certainly instinctively they knew how to fight in hand to hand combat but not with weapons. They needed an edge.

Did Joshua’s men know how the battle was being won? Probably not, but ultimately they did win.

The analogy for fighting battles is very clear: you can’t go into battle alone. You need people by your side supporting you, holding you up when you’re drooping down.

A leader in the church we attend revealed that he has a baseball-sized tumor on his kidney. He needs people on all sides of him supporting him because of what he’ll be going through in the coming days.

Life is difficult as it is. When others come alongside in the midst of turmoil and confusion, it makes the journey just a little easier.

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