There’s a particular story in Exodus 17 that illustrates something I am reminded of every day: we cannot do what we do for the Lord alone. We need others. Let me set the scene. Israel had crossed the Red Sea and was passing through the desert wilderness on their way to Canaan. God miraculously provided water for his thirsty people by instructing Moses to strike a rock with his staff. As you can imagine, this attracted the attention of a group of equally thirsty but ferocious people in the area called the Amalekites; and they quickly attacked the Israelites. Moses sent his protege, Joshua, to the battlefield and then took a position at the top of a nearby hill with the staff of God in his hands — but he didn’t go alone.
Exodus 17:10-13 tells us: ”So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 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.”
This is one of my favorite texts of the Old Testament because it shows how we need one another in the battle. Joshua, as strong as he was, needed Moses’ intercession on his behalf! But Moses also needed the help of others to do what God had called him to do!
Not all of us are called into the thick of battle in the same way that Joshua was, and not all are called to be the “point person” as Moses was that day. However, the victory does not depend on them alone but also upon the Aarons and Hurs in God’s Kingdom — those who will come alongside to lend whatever support is needed to the people God has called to some specific task.
Notice that Aaron and Hur didn’t rush up to Moses and suggest they take turns in raising the staff of God. “Surely, Moses, we can raise our arms too!” No, these humble servants were willing to take the seemingly “lesser” position necessary to see the purposes of God fulfilled. They didn’t take over from Moses — they simply helped him!
I am blessed to have people like that! Friends who with no thought for themselves, come alongside me in the outworking of the ministry God has called me to. These are the vital, unseen ones who partner in the work by ministering to my needs and bolstering me up in prayer. I may not be Moses; but I do know that I could not accomplish any of the things God has called me to do without those who have come alongside to undertake the sometimes less-than-glamorous work of being a support for me!
As the body of Christ, we are made for living and working in community; and for the work of the Lord to go forth, for the enemy to be defeated as God requires, we need to work together. Joshua needed Moses that day; but Moses needed Aaron and Hur. We not only need supportive co-ministers around us, we need to look for ways to be that support for others that God will bring across our paths. To the Aarons and Hurs in my own life – thank you!
Blessings on your day
© May 2018