“Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset.” (Ex. 17:12 NLT)
General Grant’s battle strategy during the Civil War was to out-number the enemy. He believed that superior forces and weapons would win the battle. He followed the principle of war that the army holding the high ground usually wins.
As Christians we are involved in a battle for truth against a powerful enemy, but God as our commander-in-chief, has the superior forces and holds the high ground. His army is composed of believers of all ages from many different walks of life.
Consider the battle the Israelite army had with the Amalekites. Joshua was the commander, Moses was the prayer warrior, Aaron and Hur assisted, and the Lord God, Yahweh Nissi, was the rallying point. The uplifted banner ensured the victory.
This Old Testament event teaches us the importance of “helping hands” that are needed to assist in the struggle for the truth. The battle will not be won by just one individual, but a multitude of helping hands assisting one another to ensure a victory.
Pause for a moment and consider professional sports. In basketball, records are kept of the number of assists a player has. A professional golfer would not be successful without the assistance of a caddy. Baseball players with a strong and accurate throwing arm save games by coming in as relief pitchers. A race car driver cannot win without a team of mechanics. Football players have coaches and assistant coaches. Tennis players have ball boys and ball girls to retrieve the tennis balls. Many more examples could be cited for the value of helping hands.
The same is true in Christian service. A pastor relies upon his leadership team and the people in the pew to assist in the work. Bible translators rely heavily upon volunteer support personnel to assist in maintaining their airplanes, vehicles, computer equipment as well as tutor their children and handle their accounts. The Bible could not be translated into the heart language of Bible less people groups without their assistance.
Let the above examples remind you of the important assets you possess as a believer. Look for opportunities where you can join with others in prayer, encouragement, and help. Identify with other Christians who can and will come alongside you with “helping hands.”
Remember, we are sitting with Christ in the heavenly places, so we hold the high ground. (Ephesians 2:6)Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for believers in my life who come alongside with helping hands