“Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God….” Deuteronomy 25:17-18
For me, there is a place, between Egypt (bondage) and The Promised Land (Heaven), and it is the Here and Now. (Don’t put too fine a point on my theology here). In the Here and Now, I often feel we should be able to do our marriage and family with LESS support than we seem to require … but what can I say? More times than I care to admit, we’re straggling along at the rear, faint and weary, not seeing victory – even WITH others pouring into our lives and keeping us on our feet, our family relationships intact.
Lately, God is using this particular storyline in Israel’s journey to help me resist shame and discouragement for needing so much help just to “do” our particular Journey of Life…
“Then Amalek came and fought against Israel.” In fact, God’s rage at Amalek is because they chose to fight by attacking all the stragglers at Israel’s rear when Israelites were faint and weary (Deut 25) – a pretty sadistic way to fight. Exactly how Satan fights every home with hidden disabilities.
“So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek.” Moses put the men/warriors into the equation, like they SHOULD’VE been to begin with. I am SO thankful for the godly men in our lives who have chosen to stand in the gap, take the heat, fight for our home.
“Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Moses was top-of-the-mountain obvious: Israel fights under GOD’s flag. Not their own. It’s always been, always will be about pointing men to the LORD. Men fought, but the LORD (of hosts) empowered them.
Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. If Moses did not go up alone … why do I think I could or should??
So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Don’t think for a second it was because age was getting to Moses. He didn’t die for 40 more years, and when he did, the Bible says, “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.” Deut. 34:7 No man, young or old could’ve done what he needed to do that day … nor can I do what I need to, without help. These days, I am (usually) not too proud to admit it.
Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; Here’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: in my life, the ONLY thing that has been strong and stable enough to bear my whole sit-down-so-I-don’t-fall-down weight is the Word of God.
… 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. Bilateral support. All day. Been there, needed that.
SO Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Ex. 17:8-14
Nobody could possibly mistake anybody in our home for a national leader, like Moses was. Nevertheless WE need stones to sit down on – rock solid truths. For me, these are God’s truths – forever sturdy, stable. In addition, we have stronger souls than ours, supporting our “hands” which get HEAVY. And in this way, Jesus is keeping our hands steady until victory comes, and the sun sets on our lives (which is getting closer and closer with each birthday…).
I’m tired, but I want ALL the victory possible from the battle for our marriage, our family … but I’d be lying if I said I weren’t watching the sky, praying for sunset….