When Our Arms Grow Tired

For Christmas this past year, Pie gifted Pilot and me with tickets to a Beach Boys’ concert which the three of us attended several months ago. We each thoroughly enjoyed the event. Especially Surfer Boy, Pilot.

Near the beginning of the concert Mike Love, one of the remaining original Beach Boys, asked everyone in the audience to take out their cell phones and turn on its light.

He then instructed us to wave our phones through the air while the band played one of my personal all-time Beach Boys’ favorites, Surfer Girl.

It was great. Arms waved back and forth in the audience in time with the song.

Well.

Pretty much.

Some folks were a little off beat.

Nevertheless, it was great.

Until …

I looked over the audience and noticed some arms no longer waved. They’d grown tired. They couldn’t keep up the pace. They fell in defeat.

After thinking about it, several things came to mind. One of those thoughts I’ll share with you today.

When we’re on the front lines for God, doing his work, fighting his battles, we can grow tired. Can we not?

Our arms can grow weak. We might want to fall on our knees in defeat to all the opposition thrown at us. It doesn’t matter our age one bit.

Just like Moses in the desert fighting the Amalekites, we need help.

As Joshua and his men fought the Amalekites, Moses stood on a hill overlooking them. As long as Moses kept his arms and staff in the air, the Israelites prevailed.

Whenever Moses’ arm dropped, the Amalekites prevailed.

Moses’ arms grew weary. He couldn’t help it. No matter how hard he tried to keep his arms in the air, he just couldn’t.

That’s when his brother, Aaron, and friend, Hur, stepped in. The two men found a large stone for Moses to sit on. Then they stood on either side of Moses, holding up his arms.

With the support of these two men, Moses was able to keep his arms and staff held high. Because of that, the Israelites were victorious over their enemy.

Don’t you think we need the support of those around us to fight our daily battles when our arms grow tired, too ?

Some days we’re Moses. Some days we’re Aaron and Hur.

When it’s our turn to hold up our friend’s arms, let’s not hesitate to step up. When we grow weak and need help, let’s not hesitate to ask.

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The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Pick out some men to go and fight the Amalekites tomorrow. I will stand on top of the hill holding the stick that God told me to carry.” Joshua did as Moses commanded him and went out to fight the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning. When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down. In this way Joshua totally defeated the Amalekites. Exodus 17:8-13 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Coincidence? Hardly

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

God met Moses at the Burning Bush in the wilderness, and told Moses to go to Egypt where he would deliver God’s people from slavery. But Moses gave excuses why he wasn’t the best candidate for the job. One excuse Moses gave was he was not an eloquent speaker. Even after God assured Moses God would give him the words to say, Moses balked.

God relented, and said he would send Moses’ brother, Aaron, along with Moses since Aaron spoke well. As soon as God agreed to send Aaron with Moses, who should appear on the horizon in the middle of nowhere? Aaron. Right on cue.

Coincidence? Hardly.

Before God and Moses had their conversation, God told Aaron to go into the wilderness to meet his brother. Because Aaron obeyed, he arrived at the exact moment God intended. God planned it all along. It was not a happenstance. It wasn’t a coincidence. It was God’s plan from the beginning.

God offered Moses the opportunity to be his spokes person, yet God knew Moses well enough to realize Moses would need Aaron at his side to accomplish God’s plan of deliverance.

Once Aaron arrived God instructed both men on his plan for their journey to Egypt, and the plan to deliver God’s people began to take shape.

The next time something happens in our lives which may be considered coincidence, perhaps we should look for God’s hand in the situation.

Have you had an event occur which others may think a coincidence, but you know better?

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Meanwhile the Lord had said to Aaron, “Go into the desert to meet Moses.” So he went to meet him at the holy mountain; and when he met him, he kissed him. Then Moses told Aaron everything that the Lord had said when he told him to return to Egypt; he also told him about the miracles which the Lord had ordered him to perform. Exodus 4:27-28 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Hold Each Other Up

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Among the many stories of the Israelites’ wanderings through the wilderness recorded in the Bible, the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur in the battle against the Amalekites at Rephidim is one of my favorites. I love the fact when Moses grew tired, his friends held up his arms. After all, isn’t that what friends are for?

The LORD had told Moses to stand at the top of a hill and hold his staff in the air above his head during the battle. As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites won the fight. When his arms grew weary and his hands fell down, the Amalekites won.

Easy enough, right? Not if you’re the one trying to keep your arms in the air while holding a heavy stick aloft during the heat of day.

By all accounts the Amalekites were pretty nasty people. They were nomads who raided surrounding settlements and killed for the fun of it. They figured the Israelites would be easy pickings. What the Amalekites failed to realize was the fact the Israelites were God’s chosen people, and the Battle is the LORD’s.

As Joshua and his men fought the battle and Moses stood on the hill Moses’ arms began to grow weary. He couldn’t help it. No matter how hard he tried to keep his arms up he just couldn’t. That’s when his brother, Aaron, and friend, Hur, stepped in to help. They found a large stone for Moses to sit on as each of them stood on either side and held up Moses’ arms. With the support of these two men Moses was able to keep his arms and staff held high. Because of that, the Israelites were able to be victorious over their enemy.

There are so many lessons to be learned from this story I don’t even know where to begin.

In this world Satan often uses others or circumstances to attack us just for the fun of it. Harmful words. Physical wounds. Sickness. Financial difficulties. Exclusion. Our peace, time, resources are plundered. Our good name is sullied. We are accused falsely. Damage is inflicted.

But Satan forgets who we belong to. We belong to God. We are among his people and he sends others alongside us to hold up our arms in the desert times of this life.

An encouraging word here. A prayer there. Setting a stone beneath us to rest while they help shoulder some of our responsibilities temporarily.

Aaron and Hur stood by Moses’ side and held up his arms to ensure victory against Amalek. Similarly, we need to hold up our friends knowing they will respond in kind.

Any Aarons or Hurs in your group of friends? If so, might I suggest you offer up a prayer of thanks for them.

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The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Pick out some men to go and fight the Amalekites tomorrow. I will stand on top of the hill holding the stick that God told me to carry.” Joshua did as Moses commanded him and went out to fight the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning. When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down. In this way Joshua totally defeated the Amalekites. Exodus 17:8-13 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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