Waging a battle that will never be won?
I get there, to those places, more times than I care to admit. Life can make us feel like we have taken more punches than we deserve. It is hard to pick ourselves up, again and again.
You’re Not Alone!!
That’s it, the secret to being an overcomer. Seriously. I’m not joking. If we can hold on to that one promise, we can wield the greatest weapon ever forged. Community.
First, God himself promises us that He will Never, EVER, leave us or forsake us. (Emphasis mine.)
Second, we are created for community.
There is a portion of scripture that is one of my favorites to draw on when I need reminding of the importance of other people in my life. I am going to paraphrase, but you can check the whole thing out in Exodus 17.
Moses had sent Joshua and an army of ill-equipped, unprepared, outnumbered Israelites to fight a battle against Amalek. Moses went to the top of the hill and held his rod high above his head. The rod was the symbol and pledge of God’s presence and power and working. When Moses held his rod, banner, high the Israelites were winning, when he dropped his arms the Amalekites would start to win.
Exodus 17:12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.
This mighty man of God, needed help? Needed people?
We may find ourselves in the middle of the war, fighting, ill-equipped, and exhausted. While our faith is strong and we believe in the impossible things of God, we are overwhelmed. Sometimes, we are unable to hold the banner of God high over our situations.
God never leaves us, never gives up on us, and even fights the battles for us. Sometimes, we need the strength and encouragement of others to continue to fight.
Do you find yourself on the mountaintop alone? Are your arms too tired to hold your banner high overhead? Have you invited a few friends to come along and stand beside you?
Do you ever find yourself looking around and wondering where are all the people? Often times we climb our mountaintops independently. We trust our own strength and power as we journey along. Never once, do we invite anyone to join us for the journey.
Moses took Aaron and Hur with him from the beginning.
Who is on your journey with you? Who have you invited to share in your struggles, joys and adventures?
Who are you walking beside in their journey? Do you know someone who could use a friend?