Thursday, February 20, 2014

Exodus 17:11-12

"And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun."
Exodus 17:11-12


I like this for a couple of reasons.  First, it is a good example of God's hand in our lives.  God is in charge of everything... even battles.  If we do as he asks, our lives will go better, just like when Moses raised his hands the Israelites prevailed, and when he lowered them, the Amalekites prevailed.  The more we succeed in doing as he asks, the more we will triumph in our personal challenges.  I am not saying that God will take away obstacles and tests.  We need those to learn and progress.  I am just saying that the more we do as he asks, the more we win against them. :)
The other thing I like here is the clear lesson that sometimes we need help in order to do as God asks.  We need the support of the people around us.  Just like Moses needed people to lift his hands, sometimes our hands are also heavy, and our challenges get to be too much to handle alone.  God always provides a way for us to succeed, but it isn't always just by our own strength.  We need each other.  It is okay to ask for help, and to seek support.  Moses couldn't do it alone... and it was better to ask for help than to lose the battle.  So it is with us.  When we are weak and overwhelmed, let's remember to reach out and get the assistance that we need, rather than giving up.

2 comments:

  1. Love this one - especially in the light of the talk I gave last Sunday about service and our being the hands, and eyes, etc. of Christ in this world. Then I realize that it is only through His strength and the support of the Holy Ghost that we are able to act for him. And it's not just when we are feeling weak and overwhelmed; it is also when we think we've got it all under control that we need to reach out to Him.

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