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For a Greater Cause

As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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 17:11-12 NIV

Can you imagine being in the midst of an all-out war and God has you lifting your hands with a staff during the battle and when your hands are lowered your people are losing? Imagine the fatigue and the pressure to keep going. Then you are seated on a rock and one person holds up an arm and the other holds up the other arm until victory is accomplished. Do you ever feel like you are Moses or the ones who sat him on a rock and held up his hands?

In either case, there are times when God asks us to do something that does not make sense

when we are heavy with our battle, and yet, if we persevere as in this story God shows His

power in the victory and He provides what is needed to accomplish victory and for Him to get the glory.

Whatever battles you are facing whether you are exhausted or want to quit, we see how those fighting could see Moses raising his hands to the Lord in his struggle and his helpers assisting. In your struggle others watch and they have hope as they watch you position yourself in faith which all leads to Christ, our reason to hope. Keep on, even if you have to sit and be held by others or hold someone up because there is a greater cause in this battle.

Heavenly Father, thank You for this example of being our banner as we endure and are

victorious in Your name. Thank You for the times we feel like Moses or the times You use us as an Aaron or a Hur. May we obey You as You call us in Your name during the battle.

This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church. Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing or use of this material is prohibited.

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Earl Carl
Earl Carl
Jun 14

It's one reason why we can't "do" Christianity alone. We need The body of Christ!

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