Hold Up My Hands

Moses in the Bible was a man that God used mightily because of his obedience.  In one part of the story, Moses and the Israelites he led were being attacked by the army of Amalek.  God told Moses to carry and use a special staff, and with it he was able to perform many miracles. In this case, when Moses held up his staff, Joshua and the Israelite army were winning the battle. But when he lowered his staff, the Amalekites were winning . (See Exodus 17.) So Moses had to hold that staff up a long time, and his arms got really tired.

Have you ever grown really tired in battle? You can be completely obeying God and yet do something for so long without seeing the end results that you grow weary. We all grow weary, and I think God understands this. Because do you know what he did for Moses?

Exodus 17: 12-13 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.  So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 

Moses needed help. He was tired and weary, and he couldn’t do this thing on his own. He had other people that literally held up his hands for him so that he could finish. Have you ever had someone to hold up your hands? Have you ever held up theirs? I know I’ve been in both roles.

When I imagine how Moses must have felt, I think of a time in my life when I couldn’t finish something that God asked me to do with the gusto that I started it with. I was so weary and worn in this task that I was a mess. But a few friends came along to hold up my hands.  I was discouraged and even doubting if I was still doing what God wanted at all.  When I shared what was going on with my friends, I figured they would also conclude that I was no longer in God’s will, or simply agree with my discouragement and deem the situation a lost cause.  But instead they brought me a stone to sit on and held up my hands.

They immediately saw the weight of my burden and began carrying it with me so that I could complete what God had given me to do. Have you ever reached a point where you no longer even knew how to pray about something? This is when you rely on the Holy Spirit to intercede for you. (Romans 8:26) But it’s also when you need your friends to pray for you and with you, because they can do so with the confidence and passion that you may not be feeling in your weak moments. The holding up of someone’s hands may be in the  form of prayers, texts of encouragement,  speaking truths they need to be reminded of, distracting them with something ridiculous, listening, sending food, and on and on. I’m so glad that like Moses, I have people to hold up my hands when I need help. And I consider it an honor to hold up the hands of others in their weak moments.

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