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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Moses' Hands

Today’s Verse:

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 17:12


Have you considered the importance of being someone who holds up the arms of another person for encouragement and support? All of us have people whom we know who need us to hold them up at a critical time in their lives. Let us consider some vital lessons from this passage.

We see the hands.

Moses' hands were heavy. He was holding the rod of God up. After a long period of time of holding the rod up, his hands became weary, tired, and heavy. Moses was holding the rod up high so that the people below could see that he was praying for and encouraging them. Leaders get heavy hands. They carry burdens. They are committed to many responsibilities. The people whom they serve do not realize that the leaders are being pulled in many directions. When a leader’s hands get heavy, he needs help.

We see the helpers.

Aaron and Hur stood at both sides of Moses. They took a stone and put it under him for him to sit upon. They stayed up his hands on both sides. They accepted the responsibility of coming alongside of Moses. God’s men need people who will hold up their arms. They gave him support. They gave him strength. Standing alongside of him told others who were watching that they were with him until the battle was won. It told others that they fully accepted the risks associated with holding up his arms. They decided that they would help him accomplish the task that God had given him.

We see the hardy.

Moses' hands were steady until the going down of the sun. As long as Moses' hands stayed up, Israel prevailed. When his hands went down, Israel did not prevail. Amalek must have been perplexed at how strong Israel was throughout the day. The secret lay in the fact that Moses had help. People who come alongside of a leader contribute to the long-term stability and success of a church and its ministries. Those who cannot submit or follow will always have difficulty because they are looking to exalt themselves instead of seeing the bigger picture.

Take some time today to hold up the hands of the spiritual leader. Wives need to hold up the hands of their husbands. The men of the church should hold up the hands of the pastor. Holding up the hands of a leader means that you will give him your time and resources. It means being a servant to his need at a critical time. It means that even though you get tired, you will be the one holding up the hands. It means you are willing to be visible to the enemy and even take an arrow to the back. Let’s hold up the hands of someone whose hands are heavy today!

Have a burden-bearing God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: Joshua 12-15

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