"As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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."
exodus 17:11-13 (for entire passage go here)
Do you ever just get worn out? Maybe you are worn out or tired just from a long day; or maybe the season of life you are in is exhausting in all the ways. I don't know where you find your rest and peace but I know that for me, I find it when I can spend time with the Lord; time in His Word, in worship, in prayer and in spending time with other sisters and believers in Christ. A few years ago I did a Bible Study with a group of women that focused on spiritual warfare and the importance of daily praying God's word in your life. It was about putting on the full armor of God so that we can stand firm. I cannot stop thinking about the passage above out of Exodus. The night before this battle began Moses told Joshua that he was going to go up to the mountain and that he would hold his hands up to the Lord. As long as he held his hands up high the Israelites would win. I don't even like holding things up high for more than 10 minutes. You get sore and your arms get tired; they eventually start shaking until you can't hold whatever you are holding anymore and just have to take a break. Look what happened when Moses' hands grew tired. His friends let him sit down and held his hands up for him so that they remained steady. Wow. Are your hands tired? Then I encourage you to share with someone what is going on; let them stand in the gap for you; let them carry your burden and hold your hands up for you. We cannot do "life" alone! On the same note; whose hands are you helping to hold up right now? I know I can sometimes be distracted with my own “stuff” I forget to just sit an listen and recognize who God is calling me to stand beside. Listen to the joy that someone is experiencing; or maybe the painful situation a person is going through right now. This week; as you are putting on your "armor" think about who you can maybe send a note to; pray for or encourage. And if it is your arms that are tired; let someone come alongside you and hold them up for you.