Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 26, 2012
“When 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”. Exodus 17:12
It is necessary we hold steady for our Savior during hard times, but we can’t always do it by ourselves. We need “Aarons and Hurs” who hold up our hands of faith to heaven. Spiritual battle is too bruising to go at it alone, as physical and emotional fatigue set in if we are isolated. But even a community of three can lift us to the Lord for strength and encouragement.
I have to often ask myself, “Who am I submitting to for encouragement and accountability?” “Am I sitting on the rock of Jesus, and am I supported by His servants?” We hold steady when we are focused on the Lord, and engaged in the prayerful presence of His people. No need to panic, but to persevere in prayer and trust God’s control for things out of your control. Hold steady by holding up open hands to heaven, and He will fill you with faith.
“When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Acts 11:23
Moreover, who can you help to hold steady during changing times? Who in your circle of influence can you seek out to support? Offer them your time to process the problems they are facing, and they will never forget your care in their time of need. Tough love may be needed to challenge their fearful thinking and passive behavior. Do not give up on frantic friends, but help them forge ahead by faith.
Pray with them and for them to lift their hands to the Lord for help. You are a catalyst for Christ’s comfort and care. Lead them to depend on Him, and they will hold steady in Him. You have been encouraged and held accountable, so you can encourage and hold accountable. Hold steady with the help of others, so you can help others hold steady for their Savior’s sake. Jesus says, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8b
“Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Psalm 28:2
Who can help me hold steady when I grow weary—who can I hold steady in the Lord?
Related Readings: Job 16:5; Psalm 10:17; Acts 15:32; Colossians 4:8
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As I read this, I was reminded of the Aarons and Hurs the Lord has put in our lives. Different ones in different seasons and cities. Because “ministry is messy” what a blessing they have been to hold us up, and in turn I have been blessed to have that ministry in the life of a friend.
Can you give me an “A”, you got that A. Can you give me an “M”, you got that M. Can you give me an “E”, you got that E. Can you give me an “N”, you got that N. NOW LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!
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