Thinking back over my life, I have fallen short many times. To be honest, I think everyone reading this could say the same. However, the one thing that has kept me striving to be a better husband, father, and Christian is the love of my support team. This team is my wife, my friends, and my spiritual brothers and sisters. The truth is, that no one that has ever succeeded in anything has done it alone. It takes the prayers of some, and the actions of others to allow us to have victory in our lives. A perfect biblical example of this idea is found in Exodus 17:8-16.
In this piece of Scripture, Moses sends out Joshua and his men to fight against Amalek in Rephidim. The Bible teaches us that Joshua was faithful and gathered his men to fight against those who wished harm against their people. However, the story does not finish there. Moses stated that he would go to the top of the hill and lift his hands and pray over the battle to be won. Then something amazing happened, as Moses lifted his hands, Joshua and the Israelite people started to win. However, whenever his arms got tired and started to drop them Amalek started to win. As Mose’s arms grew tired Aaron and Hur supported his arms. This allowed for the Lord’s favor to not stop over Joshua and his soldiers, and Joshua won the battle because of this.
There are two applications/points for this Scripture that I would like to share with everyone reading this message today. The first application is that everyone has a role or destiny that God gives them. We need to embrace it. In this piece of Scripture, there were soldiers fighting. They were nameless, however, without their sacrifice there would not have been a battle to begin with. Then there was the military leader Joshua. It took his decisiveness in the battlefield to allow his smaller forces to defeat a larger army. Then there was Moses. Moses was there for spiritual support by praying and petitioning the Lord for the soldiers. Lastly, there was Hur and Aaron. Hur and Aaron literally held up the heavy arms of Moses and carried a part of his suffering to help win the battle. Each person in this Scripture had a job and did it to the best of their ability. If they did not, the Israelites would have failed and lost the battle. So, if you are not a Moses or a Joshua, be a soldier, an Aaron or even a Hur. At the end of the day, this will show others the Christ-like humility in our hearts because we can place others’ needs before our own. Be whatever God is calling you to be and not what you think He wants you to be.
The second point is that the battle was won because of everyone’s faith in the Lord. Faith is not a word, it is an action. Some people had to fight, some people had to pray, while others needed to support the rest. The common denominator was that they all did their best and acted out their faith. It is not easy going into battle, nor praying with your hands in the sky until they feel like you are holding bricks, but it was done. Every day we have a choice to fight a battle for or against the Lord. It all begins by winning the battle that is in our minds. We all need to conquer our fears and anything that is keeping us from walking out in faith. So, if there is anything holding you back from giving God your very best and allowing you to defeat the armies standing against you, surround yourself with a proper support team just like Moses did. Basically, it matters who you have around you and who you trust. Do you have a Joshua or a Moses when you are in need or not. If not, change does around you and find them. Without a proper support team, our battles will only get harder in life.
Heavenly Father, I pray that everyone who is reading this message can take comfort in understanding the calling you placed in their hearts and minds. I pray for them to be supporters if you called them to be supporters. I pray for them to be warriors and leaders if that is what you called them to be. I pray for them to be encouragers and spiritual leaders if that is what you have called them to be. Father, I pray that you allow us to have godly relationships in our lives. I pray that you place the people in their lives that will build us up and never set us back as you showed us in your word with Moses. Father, I pray that we can all be instruments for you to use to expand your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen!