Friday, July 14, 2017

Not everyone can be a Moses...But most can be an Aaron and a Hur

Exodus 17: 11-12  And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

BFF Morning by Janis Lee Colon
Pretty soon after the Israelites had been delivered out of Egypt, a hostile nomadic desert tribe, led by their leader, Amalek, attacked them.  I guess he didn’t like all these new people invading his turf.  I’m sure he must have heard why these people were there and how God had fought for them and delivered them with a mighty hand from Egypt.  I would think he would have thought twice before confronting them and their powerful God.  

Moses was a leader. God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and then gave him the laws for them to follow. All the people looked to him to lead them.  But, he was a mere man, with weaknesses, like all others.  At this first battle, he needed support in order to keep holding up the rod, so that they would win.  Aaron and Hur came along side of him and set up a rock for Moses to sit on and also stood next to him and held up his arms.  They were supporters.  The fighting lasted all day.  Without their support, Moses’ arms would have dropped down and the battle would have been lost.

Not everyone can be a leader. It takes special people with outgoing personalities, who can motivate and command a crowd. Although, these people seem to do everything great in each of their areas, they all have a group of people who are behind the scenes, working on everything needed for this person to succeed.

In church ministries, just a hand full of people are the speakers, preachers, ministers and singers.  But, all of us can be supporters in one way or another.  Here are just some of the ways we can be of support:  We can pray for our leaders.  It’s always so encouraging to hear that someone has been praying for us.  Giving encouragement via a phone call, note, email or card is always good.  Financial support is always needed and appreciated.  Providing physical help with things that have to be fixed, built or maintained can be of great relief.  There are so many ways that we can find ways to be a helper. 

This is such an important principle for us to keep in mind that God told Moses to write this account as a memorial in the book.  As you read the rest of the story to verse 16, it didn’t turn out too well for Amalek.  He dared to attack the people who have an almighty God, who fights and delivers them.

Just as Aaron and Hur played an important part and shared in the victory, we can also reap the blessings as we help each other.