Hands up 🙌

I LOVE a good story.

My 3 year old, Cadence does too. She gets so excited about the stories she will hear before bedtime. I’ve had a lot of fun telling her stories from the Old Testament. I can remember learning the same things as a child.

Moses and the Red Sea

David and Goliath

Jonah and the whale… etc.

I found a book series called Bible Belles and I have LOVED teaching Cadence these stories of incredible women in the Old Testament. Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah are the titles. If you have little girls I highly recommend these.

When Cadence inevitably gets bored with a series she always loves to go back to her small kid bible with the cool pictures. David and Goliath was her favorite for a while but here lately the story of Moses has been one she quotes a lot, well prior to last week. Now everything is about Jesus dying on the cross.

At any rate, she randomly talks about Moses and the Israelites. there is something about hearing a 3 year old say the word “Israelite” that honestly cracks me up. It’s so cute and she actually pronounces it very well.

Loving a good story follows you as you age. Our pastor has been on a series called “Stories” and it has been quite interesting hearing him tell stories. He so eloquently talks about these ancient families like they live down the road. It’s like his information came right from the horses mouth! Telling a good story is truly a gift.

If you can remember back in Genesis and exodus, Moses was very insecure with the way he spoke. I don’t expect his story telling abilities were real eloquent, after all Aaron ended up taking the stage a lot.

I’m in no way wanting to hate on Moses, but I want to tell a story of his faithfulness. It’s a story I don’t remember hearing about as a kid.

You all remember the famous story of Moses and his people crossing the Red Sea escaping Egypt after 430 years of slavery. Once they escaped they spent 40 years in the wilderness. When they finally emerged from the wilderness they set up camp at Rephidim. We pick up there in Exodus.

“While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 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. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.” Exodus 17:8-16 NLT

Have you been so tired that you couldn’t hold up your head? Felt like every time you took a rest you risked sinking completely under the water?

I’m gonna make a blanket assumption that every one has. God instructed Moses to go up on the mountain and hold up his staff. He didn’t tell Moses to go up there and hold the staff alone. Moses might have had some stage fright back in the day, but on this day he held his hands up for the fight against the Amalekites.

As you read he didn’t do it alone. There’s a reason you always see hands up for surrender. Moses and Joshua refused to surrender to the Amalekites, but they fully surrendered to God. That surrender won the battle.

We need people. We need Aaron and Hur’s who will see us struggling and come lift us up. I have this innate quality that I think I have to do things by myself. In my mind I think “I need to know I can do this by myself.” It is pretty prideful and I’m working on it. There is a delicate balance between asking for help and pulling up your boot straps and just “getting it done”.

It’s not clear if Moses asked for help or if Aaron and Hur just reacted naturally and helped him. One super cool thing about our Heavenly Father is, He knows when we need people. He has such an incredible ability to put people on our hearts.

I’ve heard stories of people who got gallon milk jugs from complete strangers when they weren’t sure how their next meal would be provided. Rent has been paid, medical bills paid, mouths fed and I could go on and on. When you submit to Jesus, he sustains and guides you. Aaron and Hur weren’t worried about there own issues. They got up and helped.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to show you someone to lift up this week. Watch him move. He is our help, He is our fortress, and He will send people to lift us up out of the deep waters. You can be that for someone today. Go hold a friend up.