“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.”
So begins a brief but vivid passage of Scripture found in Exodus 17:8-13. It is the response to this attack that is noteworthy. Moses orders Joshua to take the army to meet the enemy. Meanwhile, Moses climbs to the top of a hill overlooking the battlefield, and there raises his hands over the scene below him. When his hands were raised high the army of Israel gained momentum and began to win the battle. But when his hands became tired and he lowered them, the army of Israel began to lose.
How valuable it was, therefore, for friends to stand with Moses at that critical hour. Aaron and Hur huddled around the great leader and “held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset” (verse 12). Because they stood alongside of Moses—bearing with him the burden of his labor—“Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword” (verse 13).
Whose hands do you need to hold up today? How about our president? Whether you agree with him or not, the apostle Paul exhorts you to “submit . . . to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). Have you prayed for him this day, particularly at such a crucial hour globally? Or what about your spouse? Do you hold her hands up high so she can be everything God wants her to be? Are you standing alongside of him as he deals with the critical issues of life?
Give consideration here to the influences in your life. Is it possible that God wants you to be like Aaron and Hur to your Sunday school teacher, your coach, your neighbor, the missionary you know and your—Heaven forbid—employer? How about to the divorced mom of three that you know? How about the elderly couple that can no longer drive? How about the young professional who longs for a wife and godly friends? These folk may not be like Moses, but they are people that need the blessing of one who will stand with them by way of prayer, service, encouragement, and accountability.
God is calling all of us who follow after Jesus to step into one of two kinds of positions. Some of us are to be like Moses—called to serve in unique positions whereby we have broad influence over people. Others—perhaps most of us—are called to be like Aaron and Hur, willing to come alongside to hold a hand up high. This is intentional, Christ-like service, love and accountability. It is nothing less than that which we must model within our realms of influences.
Are you modeling this?