When the Israelites defeated the Amalekites, there was something going on at the top of a hill. Moses was holding up his arms with his staff in hand, which caused the Israelites to have an advantage. Whenever his arms went down, the Israelites lost the advantage.
Because a person can only hold their arms up for so long, he ended up getting help. Aaron and Hur got a stone for Moses to sit on and they stood on each side of him to help hold up Moses’ hands. With the teamwork, the Israelites kept the advantage and won the battle.
We are meant to encourage each other, to help each other, to support each other. When there is a common goal among us, we should each be doing our part to see the victory. There are times when we are holding up our arms, and there are other times when we are one of those arm helpers. Everyone has a different role in the Kingdom, but each role is important. Let us do this together—we cannot do it any other way.
“Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.” – Exodus 17:12 [NLT]
Though I am not a fan of temperatures beginning to decrease, I always enjoy the beauty of the changing of leaves. It is such a great blessing to take a nice, peaceful walk and see all of God’s handiwork. During a recent walk I began to think about the seasons changing, and how with each season God is still taking care of everything.
Even before a seed is firmly planted in the soil, it is cared for by God. As it sprouts and reaches high, God is nurturing it along the way. There is not a moment when God is not working in the life of the tree. Some people look at a tree in the springtime and believe as it starts to flower and bear fruit, that the tree has reached its climax. As the season changes and the leaves begin to turn colors, an onlooker perceives that the tree is declining. The leaves fall to the ground and the tree looks to be in disarray. However, another season comes and the tree once again shows the beauty people admire most.
Our lives are just like that tree. God knew us before we were and He carefully watches over us as the seasons of our lives turn. When we are young and learning how to do the simplest of tasks, He is there. As we begin to venture out of the back yard and make friends, He is present. When we graduate from school and move out of our parent’s home, He doesn’t leave our side. Even when all our leaves fall to the ground and we are hoping for the next season to begin, He is still there as our sustainer. Through the good and bad moments of our lives, He remains.
Sometimes we are down on our knees crying. We wonder if all the leaves that fell were worth it and if we will grow new leaves. We reach out asking for direction. We question if He is by our side. We want to know that everything is okay. We feel that if we lost our leaves then it is over. It is then when we must remember He gives us life. He is right there holding us and the season will change. No matter how many times the seasons change, one thing remains– God. He doesn’t let us go and He holds us up whenever we cannot find the strength to stand.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” – Psalm 55:22 [NIV]