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Exodus 17: 11-13

12” As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Shortly after the people of Israel had passed through the Red Sea, the Amalekites came and attached the Israelites. Because of the strength of the Amalekits’ army, the Israelites did not have the power to win. God demonstrated His power by having Moses raise his staff to part the Red Sea, and Moses was to trust God as he lifted his staff in battle.

As long as Moses held up his staff the Israelites were winning, but when he lowered it, the Amalekites were winning. Because Moses was physically too tired to keep his hands up on his own; Aaron and Hur held his hands up! Because of this, Israel won the battle.

There are times in our lives when we need our arms lifted in battle. Maybe by having others pray for us, or encourage us. I know being a missionary on the front lines in Sudan, Africa; you can feel greatly outnumbered and prone to grow weary! That is why I’m encouraged by those who are blessed by the ministry, send letters or cards confirming that we’re on the right path.

Many times pastors, leaders and missionaries may seem to be strong, but they grow tired or weary and need their arms lifted in battle, by being reassured or blessed in a certain way. May we be that support for someone who needs their arms lifted!