It’s one of my favorite, yet somewhat obscure, stories from the Old Testament. In it, the Israelites are traveling through the desert when they encounter their first enemy, the Amalekites. Moses took command and ordered Joshua to assemble an army – and the battle was on.
While Joshua and the troops fought, Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a hill and observed. When Moses raised his staff above his head, the Israelites had the upper hand in the battle below. But, when his arms weakened and the staff was lowered, the enemy gained the upper hand.
What happened next is recorded in Exodus 17:12, “But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.”
It makes me wonder where the Aarons and Hurs are today. I realize each heart knows it’s own sorrow and we all have our own private battles. There are times when nobody can fight for us. But, oh there are times when they can – and should. Moses was notorious for trying to carry the weight of the nation on his own shoulders. But even he needed help; and it benefitted everyone, when he received it.
Folks, there will be times when you’re the Moses – when you simply cannot so much as lift your arms above your head anymore. Times when you’re so utterly exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally – that you must have help. Please accept it. Then there will be times when you’ll be called upon to be Aaron or Hur. Times when someone else will need you by their side to provide strength and support. Be there!
One last truth from this story is there is no indication that Moses ever needed to ask for help from the others. No, Aaron and Hur apparently just observed Moses and recognized his need. Never forget that for many people, asking for help is so incredibly difficult; some simply won’t do it. Until they learn to ask – learn to offer. –Dave
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