Today we were under a flash flood. The streets were flooded and unfortunately, some people lost their lives while a few people made a mockery out of others misfortune. Still, despite the situation many people came together to help one another. Strangers came from across the city to help people they did not know.
The storm brought in heavy rain, dark clouds and disaster. Almost like an unexpected hand that life deals us; we sometimes get dealt a hand that we don’t have a card to win against (at least that’s what we think). This is where we, the believers, the ones who say we are Christians, the ones who say we love God and serve him come in.
The storm reminded me of Moses. Exodus 17:8-12“ 8Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. 9So Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand."10Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." 15Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner”
I am directing this to fellow believers because we are held to a different standard than non-believers. We know the truth. Just because we are “saved” doesn’t mean we are immune to the effects of the world. Sometimes, we too can become overwhelmed with life, a situation, or just get weary. But this is where we, the body of Christ step in. Just like Moses, when he grew tired Aaron and Hur stepped in to “HELP HIM”. They gave him a stone to sit on and lifted his hands for him when he couldn’t. They stood in the gap for Moses, setting for us an example. Ezekiel 22 30"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
Instead of pointing fingers, condemning or judging another believer when they fall or miss the mark, we should be intervening for them. When they are overwhelmed, we should be lifting their hands to praise and worship. When we see that there is a battle and they are beginning to grow tired, we should be helping them sit and stand and fight for them when they can’t. Just like Aaron and Hur lifted Moses's hands when he didn’t have the strength, we should be doing the same for one another.
Every time Moses's hands were lifted, Israel would win. There is something powerful about that picture. Joshua fought the battle, Moses worshipped and Aaron and Hur stood in the gap. This shows me that a battle isn’t fought alone. We all have a purpose and that’s why he has called each and every one of us to stand in the gap for one another rather than tear each other down. After all, Jesus stood in the gap for you and me. Luke 22 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
What if Aaron or Hur didn’t help Moses? Israel could have been destroyed. The same goes for us. What if we don’t stand in the gap for one another? Just like the storm today caused a disaster, the storm a person is going through could destroy them. So instead of turning a nose up at that person, let’s do what Jesus did and pray for one another, stand in the gap for each other. The story ends with Joshua defeating Amalek. They set the stage and showed us that there is power in unity. With the Word of God and love, let us help each other and become victorious …………JustFood4Thought