Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. - Exodus 17:11-13 ESV
Tucked between God bringing water from a rock and Moses’ father-in-law teaching him about delegation are eight verses of a battle won by the help of others. Amalek attacks Israel throughout history; in this clash they are overcome through community. On a hill, Moses holds high his arms and Joshua’s men have the advantage. When his arms drop, Amalek takes control. Moses’ men see his weariness and respond by having him sit while Aaron and Hur hold his arms up until the victory is won.
Jesus walked this earth in community. He lived life with men and women who knew Him at various levels of intimacy. He recognized the importance of knowing others and being known. John 17:14-19 reminds us this world is not our home and because of that, we fight battles daily. When we are in community, we never fight alone. Sometimes our hope falters and we need truth spoken over us through the steady presence of a friend walking the same road. Other times, we hold up arms for others. Our prayer and encouragement for those around us matter. It’s incredible God invites us into fighting alongside our brothers and sisters for their victory and His glory!
Lord, Thank You for never leaving us alone. Please help me grow more in You by growing more in community. Open my eyes to recognize opportunities You have for me be a part of someone’s battle so that You receive all glory from it. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.
What circumstances come to your mind when you consider your battles?
Think of your community. How can you support someone who is battling something today?