When Folks Aren’t Strong Enough

by Andrew Forrest

Moses needed to rely on the support of other people.  And so does everyone else.

"Joshua fights Amalek (1625) [http://www.artbible.info/bible/exodus/17.html]

“Joshua fights Amalek” (1625) [http://www.artbible.info/bible/exodus/17.html]

In Exodus 17 we read of a battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites:

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.” [Exodus 17:10-12].

I love that image: Moses, too weak to stand on his own power, supported by Aaron and Hur.

Lifting Up Those Who Can’t Stand Alone

Several weeks ago in my church, our music director Kate Miner referenced this passage.  We were talking in church about the persecuted church in Mosul and elsewhere in the Middle East, and Kate said, “Just as in the scriptures when Moses needed other people to lift him up, it’s our job today to lift up our brothers and sisters in Iraq who are facing persecution because of their faith.”

That thought really struck me: it is my job to intercede and lift up others who may be too weak to do it for themselves.  Certainly that applies to the persecuted church in the Middle East and worldwide, but also to folks who are struggling in my community.

Who can you lift up in prayer today?

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Paul Ditto September 13, 2014 - 9:21 am

Great point Andrew. What if we took the time to send a quick email to 4 or 5 or 10 friends that we are lifting up in prayer and challenge them to pass it on by lifting up 4 or 5 or 10 of their friends in pray (and let them know, and challenge them to pass it on).

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