Thinking back over my life, I have fallen short many times. To be honest, I think everyone here 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 siblings. The truth is, that no one that has ever succeeded in anything has done it on their own. It takes the prayers of some, and the actions of others to allow us to have a victory in our lives. When I think of the perfect biblical example of this idea that I am sharing with you all, I think of 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 hands got tired and he dropped them, Amalek started to prevail.
Then, as Mose’s arms grew tired Aaron and Hur supported his hands. This allowed for the Lord’s favor on Joshua and his soldiers. Joshua won the battle, and everyone could not deny the faithfulness of the Lord and His providence over His people who had faith in Him. However, the real lesson that I gained from this Scripture can be applied in two simple ways and I am humbled to be able to share them with you all today.
First, everyone has a role or destiny that God provides them with. When we can accept our calling and embrace it, the Lord can work in our lives. In this piece of Scripture, the soldiers were 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 field to allow his smaller forces to defeat the larger army. Then there was Moses. Moses was there for spiritual support and prayed and petitioned 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 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 a Hur. At the end of the day, this shows others the Christ-like humility in our hearts. Be whatever God is calling you to be and embrace your role. It doesn’t matter what your role is, we all play a part in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The second and most important thing that I would like to share 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’re 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 in our minds and conquering 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 against you, surround yourself with a support team as Moses did. By having those around you that will fight with and for you, and having those who will pray and support you, there is nothing that can defeat you or even steal your joy. They will give you a piece of mind and through the common love of Christ in each and every one of you, you will do the same for them.
I would like to finish this devotional with a simple prayer. Lord, I pray that everyone who is reading this devotional 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 also pray for them to be encouragers and supporters if that’s what you called them to be. However, I mostly want to pray about the godly relationships in their lives. I pray that you place the people in their lives that will build them up and not set them back as you showed us in your word with Moses. I pray that we call can have the courage to walk out our faith. Thank you for the sacrifice of your son and thank you for allowing us to leave the worst parts of us at the foot of the cross so that we can be instruments for you to use to expand your kingdom while we are on earth. Amen!