A battle was waging. The nation of Israel was fighting a merciless enemy but Israel was winning – at least as long as Moses was able to keep his arms raised in the air. What? Yes. When he lowered his arms, the enemy would gain the advantage. Whoa! Could you imagine having to hold your arms in the air that long? I know I couldn’t do it! Moses held out as long as he could but after a while, he grew tired and couldn’t keep his hands raised on his own. What was he going to do? If he lowered his arms, Israel was doomed. Luckily for Moses, two men were paying attention. Aaron and Hur saw Moses struggling and came to his rescue (and to the rescue of all of Israel!). These two men positioned themselves beside Moses – one on the right and one on the left – and held up his arms for him during the remainder of the battle. Israel won! Woohoo!
Now don’t get me wrong here, God provided the victory that day but let’s think about this. God had a plan for that victory and these two men had a role to play in that plan. They did not walk away thinking, “Eh, Moses has this covered.” No, they knew Moses’ arms were going down and they took action. And because of their awareness, their concern for Moses and their faithfulness to God, the nation of Israel defeated their enemy.
Well, you know I have a point to this, right? I’m not just re-telling a Bible truth because I was thinking, “Hey! I think so-and-so really wants to hear a story out of Exodus today.” Nah. I was simply reminded of this epic battle because of the struggles I see in the lives of God’s people, in those around me, in my church family, in those nearest to me and even in myself. It seems that arms are falling all over the place, battles are being lost and the enemy is gaining the advantage. People are losing hope. People are giving up. They think they are alone and no one is paying attention. They are doing all that they can to keep their arms raised but they are exhausted. Their strength is gone. Their battle is almost lost.
So where are the “Aarons” and “Hurs” of our time? Where are the men and women of God who are willing to stand beside a weary soul and hold them up during the hard times? Am I an “Aaron”? Are you a “Hur”? De we see the struggles of our neighbors and run to their rescue? Or do we make an excuse, walk away and say “They’re okay. They’ve got this.”?
Aaron and Hur knew Moses’ struggles and were able to help because they were with him during the battle. Maybe we don’t see what’s going on in the lives of others because we are not with them – we don’t engage others; we don’t ask anyone how they are doing. After all, we have our own lives to live and our own struggles to handle. But here’s the thing. God has a victory plan for that struggling soul you’ve been avoiding and maybe, just maybe, you are the key player in that plan. Are you willing to walk away in the hopes that someone else is going to fill that role? Or are you going to run to that person’s rescue, position yourself right by their side and hold them up until their battle is won?
Wars are waging all around us. The enemy is ready to claim his victory. Are we going to let him win?